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Wednesday, October 9,1996 


By Julia Topalian happened, not in how what hap- ■ 

Staff Writer pened was reported.” 

On Sunday, October 6, four se- McCardell stressed most that this 

nior officers of Middlebury College plan, outlined in a memo to Com- 

— President John McCardell, Exec- munity Council last week, does not 
utive Vice President Ron Liebowitz, represent a final decision. The idea ■ 

Executive Vice President and Trea- of integrated housing has been dis- 
surer Dave Ginevan, and Dean of cussed by the college’s senior officers 

the College and Vice President of and has now been introduced to 
Undergraduate Affairs Don Wyatt others. McCardell stated that it is a 

— attended the weeldy meeting of well thought-out idea developed by 
the SGA (Student Government As- the college to deal with the upcom- 
sociation) General Assembly. The ing renovation of Battell, Stewart, 
group gathered to discuss the issue and Allen. 

of integrated housing at Middle- The president explained that the 
bury, with the intention of provid- sequencing, planning, and budget¬ 
ing SGA members with the infer- ing that goes into a detailed facilities 
mation that would allow them to renovation, such as the one for 
better inform others in the student which the first-year dorms are David Ginevan, Ron 
body. scheduled, will require considera- __ 

President McCardell gave a brief tion of alternate arrangements for | |*( 

introduction to the presentation students. The dorm integration plan 
and discussion. He bagen by saying suggests that groups of approxi- ByShennaE 

that actions taken by himself and mately 15 first-years live in doubles Staff wm 

other administrators as reported in along corridors of randomly dis- According to r< 
last week’s Campus were reported tributed dorms. After introducing studies, one out of e 
correctly. the background to the discussion, college women will 1 


David Chitayat 


Richard Hawley reads 


Heather B. Thompson 

of the alumni achievement award, read 
which is dedicated to his teacher Paul Nelson. 


Index 

Opinions.......6 

Features.11 

Arts......15 

In Depth. ..18 

Sports............ .*•........ 24 

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Arts 

Jazz revue launches cof¬ 
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Page 2 


NEWS 


October 9,1996 


Student group advocates establishment of sexual assault policy 


By Lauren Appel 

StaffWriter 

In response to what they viewed 
as a gap in college policy, a group of 
Students set out last spring to re¬ 
search and develop a coherent and 
independent policy on sexual as¬ 
sault at Middlebury. Jennifer Handal 
’98, Jennifer Jensen ’98, Kristy Ardell 
’98, and John Schowengerdt ’98 led 
an effort to create a policy that 
would standardize the process of 
dealing with victims of sexual as¬ 
sault crimes. They have continued to 
pursue their goal this fall, soliciting 
the participation of the student 
body in discussion. 

According to Handal and Jensen, 
the project grew out of concerns re¬ 
garding the manner in which the 
college handles sexual assault issues 
at the present time. Because no sep¬ 
arate policy on sexual assault crimes 
exists, those issues currently fall 
under the college’s policies on sexu¬ 
al harassment and respect for per¬ 
sons. 

“There is no policy here, and we 
saw a definite need for one,” said 
Jensen.“So we looked at what differ¬ 
ent people thought that we needed 
and started to research based on 
that.” 

Jensen, Handal, Ardell, 
Schowengerdt and a handful of oth¬ 
ers working on the project began a 


series of interviews with different 
schools around the country to de¬ 
termine what types of sexual assault 
policies are generally utilized. In 
total, they examined 24 schools, 
from which they gathered extensive 
information. 

“We looked at all types of 
schools,... large, small, urban, rural, 
public and private, as well as schools 
such as Amherst and Williams. We 
spoke to deans, health administra¬ 
tors, security officers and many oth¬ 
ers as we tried to get as much infor¬ 
mation as possible,” said Handal. 

Based on the research that it 
compiled, the group set out to draff 
a proposal that they felt would ad¬ 
dress the needs of the Middlebury 
College community. Specifically, 
they focused on the standardization 
of procedures for dealing with as¬ 
sault victims, Vermont law, re¬ 
sources such as emergency tele¬ 
phones, and options regarding 
health, legal issues, housing, fi¬ 
nances, and academics. According 
to Handal, the goal of a policy that 
considers such issues is to “re-estab¬ 
lish control in the person’s life — if 
we can give the person some op¬ 
tions, we can give them some more 
control.” 

Throughout this process the 
group was in contact with different 
offices on campus that traditionally 


deal with issues of sexual assault. 
They received feedback from both 
Yonna McShane, director of health 
education and coordinator of sexu¬ 
al harassment education/prevention 
programs, and the dean of students 
office. They also presented working 
documents to the Student Govern¬ 
ment Association General Assembly 
and to Community Council. 

During the course of discussion 
with college officials various points 
of contention arose regarding the 
group’s proposed policy. One of the 
central issues involved in this debate 
is the policy’s requirement of a blan¬ 
ket set of procedures for dealing 
with assault victims. “They [college 
administrators] want flexibility?’ ar¬ 
gued Handal, “but we need stan¬ 
dardization. There is a lot of room 
for bias when things are taken on an 
individual basis.” 

The proposed policy’s insistence 
on open academic and financial op¬ 
tions for sexual assault victims has 
also proven problematic. Such op¬ 
tions would allow a victim privileges 
such as open-ended extensions on 
worked missed, the right to a full re¬ 
fund should the student choose to 
withdraw from the college in con¬ 
nection with an assault, and a guar¬ 
anteed letter of re-admittance. 

Dean of Students Ann Hanson 
expressed concerns about making 


options like these and others avail¬ 
able exclusively to victims of sexual 
assault. According to Dean Hanson, 
the college cannot create a special 
set of procedures when dealing with 
sexual assault victims if it necessar¬ 
ily includes privileges not available 
to students who are victims of other 


types of trauma. “The policy asks 
for a full refund in the event of with¬ 
drawal; we can’t do that... We don’t 
do it if a student is in a car accident 
and hospitalized in intensive care, 
and those are both terrible situa¬ 
tions.” 

(see Students, page 4) 


SQA hears multiclass residence proposal 


(continued from page 1) 
members. 

One member asked if, in the fu¬ 
ture, the administration would com¬ 
municate information to students 
about assumptions, such as the one 
in question, before they are made. 
Liebowitz answered, “A general as¬ 
sumption is just that. There is no 
definite in our plans.” Ginevan 
added that it is necessary to make 
working assumptions in the early 
stages of a plan’s development. 

Another question addressed the 
sense of community between each 
class. The administrators were asked 
if they felt anything would be lost by 
not having first-year dorms. The se¬ 
nior officials said that they had dis¬ 
cussed the issues and wanted to hear 
from the students. 

Another student inquired about 
the major motivation behind the 
formation of the plan, asking if there 


were any educational or sociological 
factors behind its reasoning. Wyatt 
answered, “This is not about social 
engineering. This is a very practical 
plan.” Liebowitz added, “The ideo¬ 
logical value is a low priority [in this 
decision].” 

The senior officers in attendance 
assured SGA members that both 
students and parents would be 
polled in an effort to determine ma¬ 
jority opinion regarding the issue of 
integrated housing. First-year hous¬ 
ing is mentioned in the surveys dis¬ 
tributed each year. The college is 
now interested to see if this plan 
would be something that the fami¬ 
lies and students would prefer. 

In addition to clarifying the facts 
of the integrated housing plan, rep¬ 
resentatives and officials discussed 
its advantages and disadvantages. 
One student spoke in defense of the 
plan, arguing that it would offer “ex¬ 



posure of the whole college to first- 
years right away.” However, other 
students commented that first-years 
meet upperclassmen quickly 
through extracurricular activities 
and that class distinction and pride 
would be not established as quickly 
with classes scattered around cam¬ 
pus. One student stated that the sep¬ 
aration of classes would lead to 
greater isolation, resulting in an in¬ 
creased number of student cliques, 
which he had already found to be a 
problem in Middlebury social life. 

Some SGA members asked if the 
decision to integrate housing would 
be made solely by the executives of 
the college. Ginevan responded, 
“This is not the kind of institution 
which would do that. We don’t make 
decisions that nobody else wants. 
That is not the kind of leadership 
that we aim for.” 

In his final remarks, McCardell 
commented that decisions on the 
issue of integrated housing will be 
made this spring. 

He observed that due to the up¬ 
coming renovations to the freshman 
dorms, first-year students would be 
living in other dorms for some time 
anyway. He also urged the members 
of SGA to begin a multi-class com¬ 
mittee to gather student opinions on 
the integrated housing idea. 


a 




Nicola Smith 

Representative Sanders addressed a Dana Auditorium crowd on Monday. 

Representative Sanders 
defines campaign issues 


(continued from page 1) 
want to foflow die Gingrich route 
or are they looking for another 
path? He explained that he was 
asked this year to vote on legisla¬ 
tion that aimed to divide the Amer¬ 
ican public and create “scapegoats,” 
such as women and the poor. 

Sanders continued with a dis¬ 
cussion of the nation’s economic 
situation. The country’s real wages 
have declined, and the US is cur- 
rendy in 13 th place when it comes 
to workers’ wages, falling behind 
most of Europe. He informed stu¬ 
dents in the audience, “You are the 
first generation with a lower stan¬ 
dard of living than your parents.” 
Sanders continued, “People are 
stressed out, angry and frustrated.” 

In light of the economic situa¬ 
tion Sanders described, the issue of 
welfare appears particularly press¬ 
ing. He explained that while the 
country needs welfare reform, it 
cannot leave children out in the 
cold. Sanders spoke in favor of Aid 
for Families and Dependent Chil- 


Dish Watch 


In the previous week, Custodial Services 
recovered the following items from the major 
residence halls: 


59Trays 
402 Mugs 
368 Glasses 
117 Plates 


319 Bowls 
165 Spoons 
138 Forks 
52 Knives 


dren, a $15 billion program, repre¬ 
senting one percent of the federal 
budget. Vermont’s representative 
argued that Republicans “blame the 
poor, women, blacks and gays” to 
turn the middle-class against these 
“scapegoats” and win the election. 

Sanders then identified the prin¬ 
ciple theme of the progressive 
agenda: “Let’s figure out why our 
standard of living is in decline.” He 
stressed that “we are one .country, 
one people.” Sanders explained that 
the richest one percent of the 
American public own 42 percent of 
its income. That figure is twice what 
it was 20 years ago. 

Sanders spoke on several other 
issues. He stated that industries are 
moving outside of the United States 
in search of cheaper labor, and he 
recognized the need to address en¬ 
vironmental problems while foster¬ 
ing growth of the economy. 

Representative Sanders then 
turned his attention to the plight of 
women. “Is this a moral society? I 
think not.” Addressing the issue of 
abortion, he asserted that there ex¬ 
ists a strong anti-choice movement 
in Congress, “If they had the votes, 
they would pass it [anti-choice leg¬ 
islation] today.” 

Sanders said that progress in this 
area has been achieved due to the 
“strength of the women’s move¬ 
ment in the past 20 years.” He 
stressed that research into and care 
of “women’s diseases” such as breast 
cancer are under-funded and that 
domestic violence continues to take 
the lives of 10 women daily. 

Sanders concluded, “I am proud 
of being the only independent in 
Congress.” 






October 9,1996 


NEWS 


Page 3 


Homecoming Convocation 
honors alumni achievment 


By Jen Burrell 

News Editor 

and Tyffany Walker 

StaffWriter 

President McCardell welcomed 
Middlebury College’s alumni back 
to campus on Saturday with his 
opening remarks at Homecoming 
Convocation, held in Mead Chapel. 
“As always, it is a great pleasure to 
renew the friendships, recall the 
memories and revel in the shared 
experience that, whatever our class 
or generation, draws us back to this 
special place. In this spirit then, we 
say not simply ‘welcome’, but ‘wel¬ 
come home.’” 

As he often does on ceremonial 
occasions, President McCardell 
held up the cane of the college’s 
founder, Gamaliel Painter, as a 
symbol of Middlebury’s past, pre¬ 
sent and future. 

In the context of Homecoming 
Weekend, McCardell proceeded to 
offer words expressing his under¬ 
standing of the distinction between 
what it means to go to Middlebury 
College and what it means to have 
gone to Middlebury College. “To go 
here, of course, means to enjoy this 
incredibly beautiful physical set¬ 
ting; to make good friends; to have 
a good time; and, most important, 
to learn and to grow in intellect,” he 
said. “But if that is where we stop,” 
the president warned, “then we risk 
making, in Henry Adams’s words, 
‘the college standard permanent 
through life’... We risk having our 
college years be the high point in 
our lives.” 

President McCardell urged 
alumni to consider what it means to 
have gone to Middlebury College. 
He spoke of the privileges, oppor¬ 
tunities and responsibilities that a 
degree from Middlebury confers. 
He stressed a focus on die future, 
stating,“To have gone here is to rec¬ 
ognize the obligation each of us has 
to make the future as promising for 
successive generations of students 
as it was for each of us ... We as¬ 
sume that obligation with the same 
confidence, courage and hope that 
inspired Gamaliel Painter. We ap¬ 
proach our 200th year, and a new 
century, in the same spirit. And we 


know that because of those who 
have gone here, we will set our feet 
on lofty places.” 

With that introduction, the Mid¬ 
dlebury College Alumni Associa¬ 
tion honored five of its members 
with Alumni Achievement Awards. 
This award recognizes individuals 
who, through their commitment to 
the ideals of community, have be¬ 
come leaders in society. ^ 

The Alumni Association de¬ 
scribes the recipients of the 14th 
annual Alumni Achievement 
Awards as individuals who have 
“distinguished themselves in ways 
that reflect credit on the college.” 

Adrienne Littlewood DeLaney 
’57, former chair of the alumni as¬ 
sociation nominating committee, 
presented this year’s awards to Julia 
Alvarez ’71, Richard Hawley ’67, 
Sarah Kotchian ’75, James Sweatt 
III ’58, and John Wallach ’64. While 
all the recipients share Middlebury 
College as their alma mater, their 
individual experiences and 
achievements are diverse. 

Julia Alvarez, professor of Eng¬ 
lish at Middlebury College, is a crit¬ 
ically acclaimed author of essays, 
poetry and novels. She emigrated 
to the United States at the age of 10 
from the Dominican Republic, and 
has since distinguished herself as a 
recipient of the Third Woman Press 
Award in fiction, the PEN 
Josephine Miles Book Award for 
1992, and a finalist for the National 
Book Critics Award. ' 

Richard Hawley is headmaster of 
University School in Shaker 
Heights and Hunting Valley Ohio, 
and president of Boys Schools, an 
international coalition that encour¬ 
ages research and networking 
among boys’ schools throughout 
the world. He has also published 
many works related to adolescent 
development and drug abuse, in¬ 
cluding “Papers from the Head¬ 
master.” “We honor today a truly 
distinguished man of letters,” said 
Middlebury College Alumni Asso¬ 
ciation President Paula Carr ’88. 

Sara Kotchian is “an environ¬ 
mentalist in the true sense of the 
word,” stated Carr. Kotchian serves 
(see Homecoming, page 4) 



President McCardell addressed alumni on Saturday in Mead Chapel 

Presidential candidates vie for votes 


(continued from page 1) 

President Clinton. Lehrer asked 
Clinton about the differences be¬ 
tween his and Dole’s perception of 
the role of the federal government 
in citizens’ lives. Clinton answered 
by giving statistics on the reduced 
size of the federal government 
under his presidency. 

Dole’s rebuttal attacked Clinton’s 
tax increase, arguing that millions 
have suffered under his presidency. 
Dole said that the difference be¬ 
tween himself and Clinton is that 
Dole “wants to give power back to 
the people.” 

TVo issues that both candidates 
believe should be addressed on bi¬ 
partisan levels are drug control and 
enforcement and campaign budget 
regulations. Clinton stated, “I hate 
drugs... Senator, we need to work 
together, and we can.” The candi¬ 
dates also agreed that the United 
States is the most powerful country 
in the world, particularly in terms 
of its military. However, Senator 
Dole expressed his belief that Pres¬ 
ident Clinton has been working 
from an “ad hoc foreign policy” that 
is not taken seriously by other 
countries. 

Both candidates used the debate 
tactic of skirting around the issues 
they did not wish to address. Dole 
made a few personal digs against 
the president. Clinton defended 


Chinese department hosts convention 


By Steve Bertolino 

StaffWriter 

Twenty years ago. Professor Nick 
Clifford and other Middlebury 
College faculty members con¬ 
vinced Chinese Lecturer Gregory 
Chiang and Professor of Chinese 
John Berninghausen to leave the 
University of Vermont to establish 
a Chinese studies program at Mid¬ 
dlebury. This Saturday and Sunday, 
October 12 and 13, the Middlebury 
Chinese Department 20th An¬ 
niversary Alumni Conference/Re¬ 
union celebrates that event and the 
20 years of graduates from Middle¬ 
bury who studied or majored in 
Chinese. 

Approximately 35 alumni, such 
as Michael March ’77, current vice- 
president of NBC in Asia, will be 
enjoying the Bread Loaf campus, 
panel discussions and each other’s 
company for the weekend. In addi¬ 
tion, they will be meeting and talk¬ 
ing with undergraduates who are 
currently studying Chinese. 


Alumni participants in this 
year’s program come from far and 
wide: Asia, the Pacific Rim, and lo¬ 
cations across the United States. Al¬ 
most all of them studied or ma¬ 
jored in Chinese; the few that did 
not are alumni of Chinese heritage 
who helped the Chinese depart¬ 
ment in various ways. The weekend 
consists of alumni panel discus¬ 
sions focusing on business, educa¬ 
tional opportunities, the future of 
the East and its ongoing interac¬ 
tions with the United States. 

This last subject will be the topic 
of the keynote address on Saturday 
evening, given by Ezra Vogel, one of 
President Clinton’s top advisers on 
East Asia from 1993-95 and current 
director of the John K. Fairbank 
Center for East Asian Research at 
Harvard University. 

The title of Vogel’s presentation 
is “Needed: A Coherent U.S. For¬ 
eign Policy for East Asia.” This 
keynote address will be held in the 
Warner Hemicyde at 5 p.m. on Sat¬ 


urday, October 12 

Students currently studying 
Chinese are especially encouraged 
to attend the alumni panels at 
Bread Loaf and to meet and talk 
with Middlebury alumni who have 
studied Chinese and/or use Chi¬ 
nese and East Asian Studies in their 
daily lives. 

“What [alumni who attend an¬ 
niversary conference/reunions] do 
not say is that Chinese is only good 
if you get a job in it,” says Professor 
Berninghausen, one of the 
founders of the Chinese depart¬ 
ment at Middlebury. Berning¬ 
hausen was the first to realize “the 
wealth of information,” as he puts 
it, that could be shared between 
alumni and current undergraduate 
students if a conference/reunion 
was held. The 10th anniversary of 
the founding of the Chinese de¬ 
partment gave Berninghausen an 
excellent way to make his idea a re¬ 
ality in 1986. 

(see Chinese, page 5) 


himself by quoting Dole’s running 
mate, Jack Kemp, when he said, 
“[Dole] never saw a tax he didn’t 
want to hike.” President Clinton fo¬ 
cused most of his comments on the 
bridge he wants to build into the 
21st century, while Senator Dole 
stressed his campaign promise of a 
straight across-the-board 15 per¬ 
cent tax cut. 

The debate ended with President 
Clinton thanking the American 
people for giving him the chance to 
serve as president for the last four 
years. He reminded the audience 
that “the things 1 do as president are 
driven by the people. Don’t let me 
forget how what we do in Washing¬ 
ton affects all of you in America.” 
Dole used his closing remarks to 
appeal to the young people across 
the nation. He warned of the dan¬ 
gers of drug use, saying that “if you 
care about your future, just don’t do 
it. In America the possibilities are 
unlimited.” He also made one last 
plug for his campaign in lingo that 
today’s MTV generation would un¬ 
derstand by giving the audience the 
address of his website. 

After the presidential debate 
ended and the television in Proctor 
was shut off, a student debate 
began. The discussion among the 
Middlebury students and faculty in 
attendance proceeded, moving 
from topic to topic. Emma Quinn- 
Judge ’98 stated that Lehrer, the 
moderator of the debate, tried to 
prompt personal attacks between 
the two candidates, but that the 
candidates managed to back off. At 
one point during the debate, Lehrer 


asked Dole and Clinton what one 
thing each would want Americans 
to remember about the other can¬ 
didate. Both candidates dodged the 
question. Ralph commented that he 
was “struck by what was not dis¬ 
cussed — affirmative action, inner 
cities, social issues.” Jacobs followed 
by saying that there is no inner city 
worse off than Hartford. 

The discussion then turned to 
political labeling and what political 
platforms and parties mean today, 
when both candidates appear to fall 
somewhat in the center of the po¬ 
litical spectrum. One student said 
he was “interested to see both of 
the candidates trying to make their 
tax policies seem moderate.” 

Ralph then asked why Clinton 
shies away from the term “liberal” 
as a description of himself. He 
posed the question: What label do 
we give to Clinton? Heather 
Thompson ’97 replied that this 
shows how both of the candidates 
have moved toward the center, and 
added that perhaps the term “New 
Democrat” best describes Clinton. 

Thompson also stated that she 
thought Dole fell into the trap of 
name calling. Allison Brachlow ’98 
said that Dole needed to portray 
himself as a nice guy, and that he 
tried to so by telling touching per¬ 
sonal anecdotes. She felt, however, 
that he was critical and used a 
sharp tongue when he spoke. 

To foster dialogue about the 
election, the Commons system will 
sponsor discussions following each 
of the debates as well as a discus¬ 
sion the night before the election. 


Student Government Association 
Announcements 

• This past Sunday, the General Assembly opened its meeting with a 
discussion of Parliamentary proced ur e led by the Chief-of-Staff Brett 
Zinober. 

• President John McCardell came to speak to the General Assembly 
along with Vice Presidents Dave Ginevan. Ron Lebowitz and Don 
Wyatt about their recent memo concerning multi-class residence halls 
at Middlebury,TheSenior Administrators clarified some points of con¬ 
fusion as to the process by which the memo developed, explaining it as 
a working assumption and not a final decision. Students were also given 
a good opportunity to voice their opinions Isgd dubious. 

• Seniors, take advantage of the$SA Alumni-Mentor Program. This 
program pairs a^rt% up4rt^^umnus, i^»6 Ojjp be utilized for ad¬ 
vice and support as graduation day approaches. All those students in¬ 
terested should contact Peter Suen at extension 4312. 

- The SGA is forming sy^Sioc ebmtnitfeie to tackle the issue of 
Multi-Class Residents Hal&X|pl^^ interested students will 

be available Thursday in the SGA office (accross from the ATM in Mc¬ 
Cullough) and are due by Wednesday, October 16. 









Atwater Commons hosts pot juck supper 



Atwater Commons members Jose Zevallos ’00, Darin Sands ‘00, Ben Christian ‘98, Stephanie Brown ’00 
and Ashley Twyon ‘99 gathered with others for a faculty pot luck supper this past Sunday. 


Students advocate sexual assault policy 


Hughes medical grant 
fun ds summer research 


By Matthew Potenza 

Staff Writer 


(continued from page 2) 

Handal and Jensen stand by the 
letter of their proposal, however, in¬ 
cluding its special options. “This is 
the most comprehensive policy 
we’ve seen,” said Handal.“We don’t 
believe that people treat [the issue] 
justly,” said Jensen. “There is too 
much room for bias under the 
school’s policy now... There’s room 
for disbelief, and there shouldn’t be.” 

Jensen and Handal also stressed 
that the adoption of a separate sex¬ 
ual assault policy at Middlebury 
would have profound implications 
in that it would encourage discus¬ 
sion on the issue itself. “We need to 
talk about it,” said Handal,“and hav¬ 
ing a policy is the first step in ad¬ 
mitting that there is a problem.” 
Such an open discussion would help 
target “the mentality that [sexual as¬ 
sault] doesn’t happen here.” 


Yonna McShane participated in 
several discussions with the authors 
of the proposed policy to address 
those exact issues. “I am completely 
devoted to and supportive of the 
college having an adequate and ... 
separate policy? said McShane, who 
has seen her role in this process as 
one of providing support and feed¬ 
back “so that the policy would be as 
sound and applicable as possible.” 

Although McShane’s position as a 
health educator prevents her in¬ 
volvement in actual policy decisions 
at the college, she too expressed 
some concerns about the feasibility 
of certain elements of the proposal. 

Don Wyatt, vice president for un¬ 
dergraduate affairs, stated that any 
policy “must be acceptable to the ad¬ 
ministration and conform to the 
needs of the college.” He feels that 
the proposed sexual assault policy 


contains some “specific inadequa¬ 
cies” in light of that type of stan¬ 
dard. “All policy-making is about 
compromise,” Wyatt said. “There’s 
no resistance to this. It’s just that 
what goes on the record must be ap¬ 
plicable to the community at large.” 

According to Jensen and Handal, 
however, that kind of compromise is 
unacceptable. “It isn’t about passing 
a policy,” said Handal, “it’s about 
passing the one that we wrote.” 

The group plans to take its pro¬ 
posal to the Community Council 
again this semester, but has ex¬ 
pressed an interest in maintaining 
control of it throughout the remain¬ 
der of process decisions. Ah organi¬ 
zational meeting to discuss what 
steps need to come next from their 
perspective has been tentatively 
scheduled for Monday, November 4, 
by which time they hope to have ral¬ 
lied some general student support 
and to be further along in the draft¬ 
ing of the policy itself. In addition, 
Handal and Jensen have scheduled a 
meeting with administrators and 


Middlebury College received a 
grant of $650,000 this year from the 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
(HHMI). The grant was part of a 
larger program funded by HHMI 
to support undergraduate educa¬ 
tion in the sciences. The multi-bil¬ 
lion dollar organization pours most 
of its funding into post-graduate 
research; however, in the interest of 
promoting science literacy at the 
most basic levels, HHMI initiated 
its program for the “scientist of to¬ 
morrow.” 

HHMI invited 201 public and 
private masters and baccalaureate 
colleges to apply for funding, and 
189 of those institutions submitted 
proposals to a panel of scientists 
and educators. The panel approved 
grants for 52 institutions, including 
Middlebury College. 

The Middlebury proposal, 
spearheaded by Frank Winkler of 
the physics department, consisted 
of two major parts. First, the college 
proposed to build upon a grant re¬ 
ceived by the Hughes Institute in 
1988, which helped to establish a 
summer research community. With 
the new grant, the college has cre¬ 
ated sixteen new undergraduate 
summer research positions in fac¬ 
ulty laboratories. The grant will pay 
a salary as well as other monetary 
expenses, such as travel costs in¬ 
curred when students show their 
results at national meetings. 

The second part of the proposal 
involved the challenge of encour¬ 
aging first-year students struggling 
through their first year of science at 
Middlebury, with particular atten¬ 
tion to minority students. Robert 
Cluss, professor of biochemistry at 
Middlebury, will be implementing 
the grant. 

He explained that “under-repre¬ 
sented groups in the field of science 
often begin their time at Middle- 


but end up in another field.” Cluss 
stated that there is a national prob¬ 
lem in retention of these under¬ 
represented groups, specifically 
women. 

In order to make these groups of 
students more a part of the Mid¬ 
dlebury community, and in partic¬ 
ular the science community, some 
matriculating students will be in¬ 
vited to come to the college four 
weeks before the campus officially 
opens to get involved in research 
projects with senior mentors. This 
program aims to allow these stu¬ 
dents to become a part of the Mid¬ 
dlebury College community and to 
encourage them to remain interest¬ 
ed in the field of science. 

Cluss said, “This aspect of the 
program is designed to retain, en¬ 
courage and acclimate these stu¬ 
dents, not just to Middlebury Col¬ 
lege, but to the science community.” 

These programs fit in naturally 
with the general scheme of scientif¬ 
ic learning at Middlebury. “The way 
we do science at Middlebury is dif¬ 
ferent from most secondary learn¬ 
ing institutions,” said Cluss. “We 
tend to be a lot more interested in 
investigative learning.” This learn¬ 
ing involves a great deal of labora¬ 
tory work, to which the research 
funded by this grant will add. 

The summer research aspect of 
the grant will primarily involve ju¬ 
niors, but will be open to all stu¬ 
dents. 

The application process will be 
conducted as an open competition; 
its details are currently under con¬ 
sideration. 

As far as the chances for under¬ 
classmen gaining acceptance to this 
program, Cluss said, “We will have 
to look at the numbers qf appli¬ 
cants, but we would certainly en¬ 
courage some students to enter this 
program early.” 

The grant is to go to those stu¬ 
dents studying in the area of bio- 


Homecoming ceremony 
recognizes five alumni 



(continued from page 3) 
as Director of the Albuquerque En¬ 
vironmental Health Department, 
which administers city and county¬ 
wide environmental programs. 
Kotchian also works as co-chair of 
the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin 
Coalition and was previously pres¬ 
ident of the New Mexico Public 
Health Association. 

James Sweatt was the first 
African American accepted at 
Washington University School of 
Medicine. He also went on to be¬ 
come the first African American 
president of the Dallas County 
Medical Society of the American 
Medical Association. Sweatt con¬ 
tributes to his community through 
participation in PTA and church 
activities, as well as his commit¬ 
ment to encourage young African 
Americans to become doctors. 

John Wallach is president and 
founder of Seeds for Peace, an in- 


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ternationally recognized Arab-Is- 
raeli coexistence program. This 
award-winning writer has been 
“crucial to the establishment of bet¬ 
ter relations among competing in¬ 
terests in the Middle East,” ex¬ 
plained Carr. Wallach was the 
recipient of the 50th Annual UN- 
ESCA Peace Prize for efforts to im¬ 
prove international understanding. 

Karen Lewis ’97, SGA president, 
took the opportunity to outline the 
student government’s efforts to in¬ 
crease communication between 
alumni and students. The Mentor 
Program and an ongoing lecture 
series designed to bring back alum¬ 
ni, trustees, professors and friends 
to talk about their experiences are 
two steps toward this goal. 

Jullie Rains ’97, executive secre¬ 
tary of the student alumni relations 
committee, spoke on the goals of 
the externship and mentor pro¬ 
grams. 


SGA Vice President and Co-chair of 
Community Council Laura Coogan 
’97, following the college’s fall break. 

When asked what comes next 
from the administrative perspective, 
Dean Hanson responded that 
“someone needs to own the policy 
issue, and send it to a lawyer.” 

Inevitably, Hanson argued, there 
must be some involvement of col¬ 
lege administrators if any sexual as¬ 
sault policy will proceed to that 
stage. 

“The work that the students have 
done has helped establish better 
protocol in the deans’ office for han¬ 
dling sexual assault issues,” said 
Hanson,“and they have done a real¬ 
ly good job gathering background 
information.” She expressed con¬ 
cern, however, that issues that re¬ 
main to be worked through before 
administrators and the student 
group can come together in favor of 
a feasible policy on sexual assault. 


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October 9,1996 


NEWS 


Page 5 


Date rape victim shares 
stories, words of advice 


Environmentalist speaks at Weybridge House 


(continued from page 1) 
music in her room and the subse¬ 
quent rape. She spoke of the feeling 
of being pinned down by someone 
60 to 70 pounds heavier than her, of 
crying and saying, “Please, let go,” 
of trying to explain to him why she 
didn’t want to have sex, of his 
apologies for being a jerk and of the 
forced intercourse that followed. 

She described the scene, “I know 
I said it quietly and sofdy: ‘Please 
stop.’ I think he heard me; he just 
didn’t listen. You might ask if 1 
screamed, kicked, fought him off. I 
bit a hole in my mouth which left a 
scar. I think that’s why I didn’t 
scream. I kept thinking if I could 
keep my legs straight together, he 
wouldn’t hurt me. I didn’t hit him 
because I had my hands tight over 
my chest to protect me... I said ‘no’ 
more than a dozen times that night, 
and even Peter agreed at the trial 
[saying], ‘But eventually she 
stopped saying no and I thought 
she’d changed her mind.’” 

Koestner went to her RA and 
then to the college health center for 
treatment. The health center gave 
her sleeping pills and told her she 
needed to sleep. She went to the of¬ 
fice of the district attorney, who es¬ 
sentially refused to take the case. 
She filed formal charges with the 
dean of student’s office. The rapist 
was found guilty. His punishment? 
The college banned him from her 
dormitory room. A dean suggested 
that she try to resolve her “little 
tiff” with the rapist. 

As a result of her experiences, 
Koestner has traveled around the 
country for the last two years giving 
speeches at over 250 schools. In 
each school she said she has heard 
at least 10 rape stories. She was the 
subject of the June 3,1991 cover of 
Time , as well as an HBO film doc¬ 
umentary entitled, “No Visible 
Bruises.” She testified before Con¬ 
gress in support of the 1992 Sexual 
Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights and 
co-authored a guide book to sexu¬ 
al assault policy formulation and 
implementation and compliance 
with federal sexual assault law. 

Koestner’s message to the more 
than 250 audience members pre¬ 
sent at Tuesday's speech was a pos¬ 
itive one. She emphasized the im¬ 


portance of communication, re¬ 
sponsibility and respect in sexual 
relations. She outlined the law and 
her interpretations of what the law' 
implies. 

Vermont state law defines sexual 
assault in the following terms: “A 
person who engages in a sexual act 
with another person and compels 
the other person to participate in a 
sexual act a) without the consent of 
the other person to participate in a 
sexual act; or b) by threatening or 
coercing the other person; or c) by 
placing the other person in fear that 
any person will suffer imminent 
bodily injury.” Koestner asked 
questions that forced audience 
members to ask questions of them¬ 
selves. “What’s the difference be¬ 
tween coercing someone and se¬ 
ducing someone?” she questioned, 
and then answered by saying, 
“With seduction both parties are 
willing to play. Can seduction turn 
into coercion? Yes, if someone 
draws a line and ifs overstepped.” 
Communication between two indi¬ 
viduals establishes definitions and 
limits to what is acceptable for both 
people because silence or body lan¬ 
guage may be misinterpreted. For 
example, Koestner asked, “If you’re 
asking [someone to participate in 
sexual activity], and they say noth¬ 
ing, what does that mean — yes or 
no?” 

She suggested that men ask 
again and listen more closely. She 
added that it is important to recog¬ 
nize that men may suffer the con¬ 
sequences of rape as well. FBI sta¬ 
tistics suggest that one out of every 
seven to nine men may suffer sexu¬ 
al assault or attempted sexual as¬ 
sault in his lifetime. When speaking 
about responsibility, Koestner ad¬ 
dressed the issue alcohol or drug 
use. She clarified that persons 
under the influence of drugs or al¬ 
cohol cannot legally consent to sex 
just as drunk persons cannot legal¬ 
ly drive a car. She cautioned against 
having sex while under the influ- 


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ence of drugs and alcohol because 
neither the initiator nor the receiv¬ 
er of a sexual advance may have an 
understanding or control over the 
consequences of sexual activity. 

Among options to combat sexu¬ 
al assault on campus, Koestner sug¬ 
gested that the college implement a 
sexual assault policy. To make 
women feel safer on campus, she 


stressed the importance of good 
lighting and a possible campus 
safety walk with women and secu¬ 
rity guards or administrators to 
identify areas that are less secure. 

When asked by a student, “How 
do you be a friend to someone 
who’s been assaulted?” Koestner 
replied, “Reassure her that you be¬ 
lieve her and it’s not her fault.” 


Koestner dosed her speech by stat¬ 
ing her reasons for persevering in 
her efforts to educate people about 
date rape. She conduded, “I want 
that day when I can walk down the 
street alone at night and not be 
afraid of being raped or have an¬ 
other day when I can invite a guy to 
my room without fear that he will 
rape me.” 


Chinese department hosts covention 


(continued from page 3) 

Five years later, in 1991, a fif¬ 
teenth anniversary conference/re- 
union was held. This year’s celebra¬ 
tion is carrying on the tradition. 
“Some of the alumni coming back 
this year were students when we 
celebrated the tenth anniversary?’ 
Berninghausen said. “It’s good to 
see people still connected to the 
Chinese department and to Mid- 
dlebury.” 

Some returning alumni are in¬ 
volved in business and investment. 
For example, Clancey Houston ’93 
works with a Pacific Rim resources 
consulting firm. Matt Peters ’86 
works in computers and program¬ 
ming at Silicon Graphics in the Sil¬ 
icon Valley, California. Others, such 


as Megan Tracy ’90, have partici¬ 
pated in the Peace Corps or other 
organizations in places such as 
Mongolia and Chengdu. Still oth¬ 
ers, like Elizabeth Knup ’82, mem¬ 
ber of the National Committee on 
US-China Relations, work in gov¬ 
ernment. 

Returning alumni can impart 
much knowledge to current under¬ 
graduates just by recounting their 
career experiences in the global 
community. 

“Many of the alumni are very 
much in ‘hands-on’ experiences in¬ 
volving investment, international 
trade and international security,” 
said Berninghausen enthusiastical¬ 
ly- 

“And there are currendy 34 stu¬ 


dents in first-year Chinese alone,” 
he continued, indicating that the 
interest in Chinese and East Asia is 
increasing among Middlebury stu¬ 
dents. Although the turnout was 
large, many Middlebury alumni 
who were invited to attend couldn’t 
make it. 



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Editorial 

No ordinary ordinance 

The students of Middlebury, like students at any college in a 
town or city (that should pretty much include all of them), 
spend more time living away from their hometowns each year 
than in them. We’re here in this Vermont village for nine months 
of each year. We must abide by the laws here, even if they are 
different from the ones we grew up with. But heck, it’s the same 
country, right? The laws can’t be too different from the ones 
back home, right? Well, up here in the rolling hills, sometimes 
the oxygen gets a little thin and they make some funny rules. 

It seems that two summers ago, after public hearings and 
votes and the whole bit, the town of Middlebury passed an or¬ 
dinance declaring that not more than three people who aren’t 
related to each other can live in the same house. None of the col¬ 
lege administrators, however, seem to have been aware of this 
rule until about two weeks ago. 

What this means, essentially, is that most of the landlords in 
town who rent houses to students are law-breakers, or at least 
ordinance-breakers. 

The rule came to the attention of the college when several 
townspeople recendy complained that some off-campus stu¬ 
dents houses were too noisy. The noise, said the complainers, 
was created by the hugely overpopulated student houses (imag¬ 
ine, four kids living together in the same house!) 

The problem is that this seems to be aimed at the college. If 
landlords have to abide by the rule, how can groups of friends 
— groups of more than three, anyway—choose to live off cam¬ 
pus? The town officials who passed the ordinance, however, 
deny that its purpose is to stifle student living arrangements. 
Could’ve fooled us. 

Hopefully this ordinance will not become an issue. But there 
is a possibility that townspeople will continue to use the stipu¬ 
lations of the ordinance as a weapon against noisy students who 
live in off-campus houses. Should that happen, the college must 
take a stance against the ordinance because it inhibits student 
freedom. And, for that matter, is such a rule constitutional? 

And what about when the expansion of the student body 
kicks in over the next few years, and there are several hundred 
more students walking around? Sure, the college is planning to 
build lots more housing, but it seems that the number of stu¬ 
dents living off campus should increase proportionally to the 
size of the student body. Maybe instead of a Price Chopper, that 
developer should build lots of three-bedroom houses. 

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OPINIONS October 9,1996 

SGA takes action on dorm memo 

L ast week’s edition of the Cam- ad-hoc committee to the Student cance of this issue on the classes- 
p us contained a major issue Affairs Committee of the trustee in-residence and future genera- 


pus contained a major issue 
of concern for the Student Gov¬ 
ernment Association(SGA): 
multi-class residence halls. Stem- 

Karen Lewis '97 
Laura Coogan '97 

ming from the research of the 
General Excellence Task Force 
and the Residential Life Commit¬ 
tee, the SGA decided to place this 
issue at the top of our 1996-97 
agenda. Furthermore, we reported 
our decision to form a student-led 


ad-hoc committee to the Student 
Affairs Committee of the trustee 
board. 

At no time did we have any in¬ 
dication that the renovation’s 
timetable would require assump¬ 
tions about the future of Middle- 
bur/s residence halls to be made 
immediately. 

Consequently, and through ex¬ 
tensive discussions with members 
of the senior administration, we 
seek to narrow and sharpen our 
examination of this issue to fit the 
new timetable. We, the leaders of 
the SGA, recognize the signifi¬ 


cance of this issue on the classes- 
in-residence and future genera¬ 
tions at.Middlebury and are con¬ 
fident that the future of 
Middlebury College’s residential 
life will not be decided in a man¬ 
ner that excludes student opinion. 

Therefore, this letter serves as 
an invitation to all students to 
apply for our Residential Restruc¬ 
turing ad-hoc committee. 

Applications are available in 
the SGA office located across 
from the ATM in McCullough and 
are due in Box D-11 by 12 p.m. on 
Wednesday, October 16. 


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T he most lamentable thing this were true, we could indeed again confronted with Mr. 

about the presidential cam- pack up and go home, as we Areshidze’s cheerful optimism, 
paign is not the lackluster nature could lower taxes while still pay- He realizes that “the increase in 
of the Dole campaign but that ing for all government services government spending will have 
some people still take Dole’s eco- we desire. But we are left with a to be slowed down to pay for the 

- single question: Where is this tax cuts.” This, we are told, is 

Chris Kushlis'98 utopia that is so readily attain- good! Unfortunately, we are never 

Utkll Gulmaden '97 able? told exactly why it is so beneficial 

Sadly, history has tended to re- to slash our social safety net and 
nomic plan seriously. What is fute supply-side economics. One deprive our citizens of such valu- 
even worse is the need for Dole does not have to go further back able government services as edu- 
partisans to twist the facts in than the eighties to see the effects cation and environmental protec- 
order to make sense out of his of such policies. Indeed, our cur- tion. Is the reason to make the 
theory. Mr. Areshidze’s article in rent deficit and debt crisis are government live within its means, 
last week’s Campus is a “ j ' T - ! as Jefferson suggest- 

masterpiece of distor- — we are never told exactly why it is so ed? If so, then we have 

tion and fantastic eco- beneficial to slash our social safety net n0 need t0 wori r as 

szzstxz - d ***• *■»« •»* 

idealism and utopic vi- able government services as education under Clinton’s bud- 

sions. unfortunately, anc | envoronmental protection." s et P lan - ° nce we 

for people like Mr. - conclude that tax cuts 


Chris Kushlis'98 
Utku Gulmaden '97 


tax cuts.” This, we are told, is 
good! Unfortunately, we are never 
told exactly why it is so beneficial 
to slash our social safety net and 


"... we are never told exactly why it is so 
beneficial to slash our social safety net 
and deprive our citizens of such valu¬ 
able government services as education 
and envoronmental protection." 


as Jefferson suggest¬ 
ed? If so, then we have 
no need to worry as 
we are already head¬ 
ing in that direction 
under Clinton’s bud¬ 
get plan. Once we 
conclude that tax cuts 


Areshidze, there is a sad truth: legacies of this period. The main will not pay for themselves and 


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Reality! reason is that though supply-side are forced to choose between re- 

Though renowned economists policies may lead to some duced government services and a 
find problems with Dole’s eco- growth, it is not nearly enough to tax system that clearly favors the 
nomic plan, one does not have to compensate for lost revenues, top 5% of our society, the issue 
be an economics major to realize This forces us to choose between becomes one about the proper 
that supply-side economics was a higher levels of debt or reduc- role of government, 
dismal failure. Supply-side theo- tions in government spending. One only needs to glance at the 


are forced to choose between re¬ 
duced government services and a 
tax system that clearly favors the 
top 5% of our society, the issue 


dismal failure. Supply-side theo¬ 
ries claim that any tax cut will 
lead to a surge in investment 
which in turn will bring in 


tions in government spending. One only needs to glance at the 

Due to this crisis and the current statistics on income distribution 
political aversion to debt, the only in the US to realize that the in- 


remaining policy option is to cut 


enough revenue to pay for the tax government spending. 

cut. What a wonderful theory! If At this juncture, we are once 


come gap between the rich and 
the poor has widened. Despite 
(see Junior, page 8) 












October 9,1996 OPINIONS Page? 

Duo parodies dorm integration memo Libby questions choice 

A fter extensive discussion number, being three times five), harm. How could it? Given the So, a couple of weeks ago I dont believe that inexperience 


A fter extensive discussion 
concerning the future of the 
college’s residential system which 
began last year, the class of 1997 
Ministry of Residential Geography 

William Maris '97 
Colin Guard '97 

Chairman William Maris and Pub¬ 
lic Relations Director of the Office 
of the Highest Bidder Colin Guard 
have decided that Middlebury will 
embark on the transformation to¬ 
ward a classless, discrimination- 
free Total Work/Living Integra¬ 
tion (TWLI). A prompt decision 
on this subject has become im¬ 
perative because of a last-minute, 
self-imposed, arbitrary deadline. 
In arriving at this decision, we 
took into account the results of a 
study undertaken by the well-re¬ 
spected planning firm Flawless 
and Lloyd, which supported our 
conception of what the opinions of 
the administration, faculty and 
staff ought to be. 

The system that emerged can 
best be described as follows: 
Members of the College communi¬ 
ty over the age of 40 will be “clus¬ 
tered” into our residential facilities 
in groups of 15 or possibly more 
(the actual size of these groupings 
will often be more a function of 
chaos theory than intent, but 15 
will be considered an optimum 


number, being three times five). 
While these TWLI clusters wUl 
exist as units, they will only domi¬ 
nate the smallest residential facili¬ 
ties (most conceivably the presi¬ 
dent’s house). 

Moreover, in the interest of re¬ 
taining and enhancing the benefits 
of the communal living experi¬ 
ence, these clusters will be config¬ 
ured in such ways as to incorporate 
high proportions of multi-gen¬ 
dered quads (we might have to 
knock out a few walls to achieve 
this). Each cluster of baby boomers 

"How exactly our plan will 
alleviate the space problem 
is not entirely dear, but it 
makes sense intuitively." 


will now be advised by a depart¬ 
ment head, who will sleep in the 
same bed as the cluster members. 

All college offices will be scat¬ 
tered randomly throughout all col¬ 
lege buildings, with the goal of at 
least one bed in each office and one 
desk in each bedroom. 

To begin the transformation to¬ 
ward a Total Work/Living Integra¬ 
tion is opportune at this time for a 
number of reasons: To our knowl¬ 
edge, no literature concerning the 
adjustment of faculty and staff to 
dormitory life exists. Consequent¬ 
ly, the Ministry feels that, at the 
very least, such a shift will do no 


harm. How could it? Given the 
proposed location of the soon-to- 
be-planned “temple of science” 
and its predicted proximity to sev¬ 
eral residence halls, it is felt that re¬ 
sources would not be equitably 
available to all members of the 
community if anyone had to walk 
any farther than anyone else to 
reach this structure. An integrated 
residential system would also fur¬ 
ther the still undefined and vari¬ 
ously understood goals of the 
Commons, a similar project 
launched without any input from 
anyone but ourselves. 

The Total Work/Living Inte¬ 
gration is — to some degree — 
necessary anyway. This is be¬ 
cause we decided to increase 
— the size of the student body 
without building new dormitories. 

How exactly our plan will alle¬ 
viate the space problem is not en¬ 
tirely clear, but it seems to make 
sense intuitively. 

After such a mix-up, the total 
number of students is bound to 
decline. 

The Ministry invites discussion 
on the fine points of what we have 
presented, but we hope that every¬ 
one will begin to accept the new 
order and quit clinging to the 
past.We probably could have han¬ 
dled this issue better, but the out¬ 
come would have been the same 
anyway. 


Libertarian speaks out for party’s ideals 


T his past summer, I became a 
naturalized citizen of the 
United States of America. Initially 
I was very excited, and had been 
looking forward to participating in 

German Leparc '98 

the democratic process. 

A few weeks ago, though, I lost 
my enthusiasm. I am guessing that 
many of you, like me, have become 
rather apathetic about the upcom¬ 
ing presidential election in No¬ 
vember. I am discouraged not be¬ 
cause I feel a lack of hope for the 
future, but because I am not being 
provided with enough choices. I 
do not see any difference between 
the Republican and Democratic 
candidates. Clinton and Dole do 
not represent two radically differ¬ 
ent perspectives on politics and 
economics, as many people seem 
to believe. 

The only distinction I can make 
between the two is that Clinton 
wants to let the government grow 
by five percent, and Dole wants it 
to grow by three percent. In reali¬ 
ty, these two politicians belong to 
the opposite wings of a much larg¬ 
er “Demo-Republican Socialist 
Party.” 

The situation has become worse 
now that the Commission on Pres¬ 
idential Debates has refused to 
allow any third party candidates to 
participate in their discussions. 
The fact that the Libertarian Party 
was on the ballot in all 50 states 
was not enough to qualify it. This 
was a surprise to me because, with¬ 
out a doubt, it is the third largest 
party in the United States — big¬ 
ger than Ross Perot’s Reform Party. 
Not only that, but all the cam¬ 
paigning was done without a sin¬ 
gle cent of your tax money. No 
matching funds were taken from 
the government (something which 


cannot be said of any other 
party!). The decision by this com¬ 
mittee to exclude Libertarian Party 
candidate Harry Browne from the 
debates was a clear move to censor 
any ideas and opinions other than 
those of the Democrats and Re¬ 
publicans. To paraphrase syndicat¬ 
ed radio host Roger Fredinburg, 
“At this point, we should get the 
UN forces to come into America to 
guarantee fair elections — un¬ 
dominated by the two old parties.” 

Libertarians, such as myself, are 
strong believers in individual free¬ 
dom and self-responsibility in 
both economic and personal as¬ 
pects. I don’t think force should be 
used to solve all of society’s prob¬ 
lems — especially if it is used by a 
centralized government. In gener¬ 
al, government is an agency of co¬ 
ercion, just like a mafia or a pack of 
bandits with guns. The only thing 
that distinguishes it from the oth¬ 
ers is that it has flags in front of its 
office. It does not need to hide its 
actions because it is larger than its 
rivals. The powers of this agency 
are always being abused by ambi¬ 
tious, elitist, self-righteous and 
close-minded people who want to 
impose their values and morals on 
others. 

Rather than persuade people to 
donate to help the poor, it is easier 
for them to lobby the government 
to force others to contribute. In¬ 
stead of working harder to com¬ 
pete against other businesses, they 
can ask the government to protect 
their business from outside com¬ 
petition. This relationship can be 
found in a great number of things 
today such as welfare, environ¬ 
mental policy, foreign trade, farm 
subsidies, corporate welfare, edu¬ 
cation, affirmative action, unions, 
etc. Once it becomes justified to 
use government coercion for one 


person’s self-interests, it is reason¬ 
able to expect others to ask favors 
from the government. 

Eventually it becomes a fight to 
see who can lobby the government 
to give them the most special priv¬ 
ileges and entidements. Politicians 
and bureaucrats enjoy this because 
their constituency grows as they 
increase their favors. Rights and 
freedoms guaranteed by the Con¬ 
stitution are no longer the con¬ 
cern. Only the votes, bought with 
the entidements given out to peo¬ 
ple, are what matters. At this rate, 
in the near future, the “Demo-Re¬ 
publican Socialists” will create a 
huge welfare state enveloping the 
people. All decisions will be made 
(see Libertarian, page 9) 


So, a couple of weeks ago I 
made a comment in this column 
about the inability of the major¬ 
ity of people to discuss powerful 
issues without allowing emotions 
to preclude a rational approach. 
Since that time, quite a few peo¬ 
ple have approached me and said 
that they felt Middlebury stu¬ 
dents are fully capable of being 

And another thing... 

by Sean Libby'97 

logical in the face of strong reli¬ 
gious, political and emotional is¬ 
sues. So I said to myself, “And 
Another Thing” (even my par¬ 
ents call me that), just write the 
column you’ve been dying to 
write and let’s find out. 

Abortion. I just thought I’d let 
that word hang there for a little 
bit. I think it would be a fairly 
safe bet to say that the majority of 
Middlebury students are pro- 
choice. The belief seems to run 
that if you are a woman it is your 
inborn right, and any attempt to 
take it away is an infringement by 
the government on the individ¬ 
ual’s right to govern her body. If 
you are a man, then the belief 
goes that you should support this 
right to self-determination. 

I disagree on both counts. 
First of all, it is not a woman’s 
issue. If we are attempting to de¬ 
termine whether or not abortion 
should be considered a criminal 
action, than why should we allow 
only those who have had abor¬ 
tions to determine its status? We 
don’t decide if murder should be 
illegal by polling criminals. We 
decide as a country as a whole 
what the punishment should be 
for taking the life of another 
human being. I’m sure that there 
are some murders that are com¬ 
mitted by basically good people 
who have been forced into a bad 
position. This doesn’t mean we 
make it legal. “You just don’t un¬ 
derstand,” goes the popular re¬ 
frain. Granted, I don’t under¬ 
stand what it feels like to be 
placed in such a situation. How¬ 
ever, I also don’t know what it 
feels like to commit a felony. I 


don’t believe that inexperience 
precludes the right to an opinion. 

Consider the medical/moral 
side of the issue. I’m not a partic¬ 
ularly religious person. I rarely 
base my views on the dictums of 
any group regardless of its size or 
influence. However, it is my per¬ 
sonal belief that it is arrogance 
on the part of any society which 
dictates when a fetus becomes a 
human being. The essence of life 
is an elusive thing. What it is that 
makes us different from an ani¬ 
mal, or even an inanimate object 
is difficult to define. The best that 
I can come up with is our ability 
to reason. It is to this reason 
which I appeal in asking for us to 
recognize the limits of our 
knowledge. If we don’t know, ex¬ 
actly, if something is a human 
being, then let’s not kill it. 

Another argument put forth is 
the need for abortion in an in¬ 
creasingly overly populated 
world. Genocide is also an effec¬ 
tive means of population control. 
To my sensibilities there seems a 
frightening similarity between 
the slaughter of millions of inno¬ 
cent Jews and the destruction of 
billions of (supremely) innocent 
babies. Similarly, the argument 
that there will always be abor¬ 
tions and the best we can do is to 
make them safe, doesn’t hold 
water. There will always be crime, 
that doesn’t mean we make rob¬ 
bery legal in order to prevent 
people from being accidentally 
shot in hold-ups. Laws must be 
made out of the best part of our 
reason rather than the most base 
failings of our power. 

Some say that until a fetus is 
viable outside the mother’s 
womb, then abortion is perfectly 
moral. This argument, too, is 
based on faulty logic. There are 
terminally ill patients who need 
life-support in order to survive. 
There are people who need a 
dialysis machine or medication 
each day in order to live. We don’t 
destroy these people for their 
weaknesses. Instead we give them 
the best that we can and hope 
that they recover. We hope that 
they will live, because we believe 
(see Abortion, page 9) 


Interfaith offers open religious forum 


A few weeks ago a group of 
students got together, each 
one representative of a different re¬ 
ligious organization on campus. 
The students gathered because they 


Hilary Soule '98.5 

felt that something is missing on 
this campus, and what resulted to 
fill this need was a new discussion 
group: Interfaith. What need is this 
new group trying to fulfill? ~ 
You may not be aware of it, 
but most of the world’s lives 
major religions are repre- a 

sented on this campus — . 

Christianity, Judaism, he II 
Catholicism, Islam, Bud- relig 

dhism and Hinduism. We - 

may be in the middle of Vermont, 
but we have a world of firsthand 
knowledge about different religions 
available to us. 

A common bond between every¬ 
one who met at this meeting was 
that each one of us had a fairly 
strong religious identity. I speak for 


ip of myself when I say that it is not al- At 
each ways easy to have a strong religious brunc 
it re- identity in a place where many peo- speak 
tpus. pie are not religious, or in some mentii 
: they cases, including my own, in a place cussio 

- where many people are not of the that hi 

same religion. But the hopes of the He br< 
g on group are to involve not only stu- that tl 
ed to dents involved in religious organi- settin] 
ssion zations, but other students as well, ly tau 
s this Now is a time in many students’ faith’s 

"Now is a time in many students' 
lives when they are being opened up 
to a world of new ideas, and it would 
be interesting to hear the various 
religious takes on them." 

nont, lives when they are being opened ganizs 
hand up to a world of new ideas, and it er rep 
gions would be interesting to hear the on iss 
various religious takes on them, gion, 
very- This is true of ethical issues as well poten 
g was as both current world and local are lc 
fairly events. The insights various people dent 
ak for have to offer could be amazing. 


At Hillel’s Family Weekend 
brunch I had the opportunity to 
speak with President McCardell. 1 
mentioned the new Interfaith dis¬ 
cussion group and he responded 
that he thought it was a great idea. 
He brought up the interesting point 
that there are not many classroom 
settings where ethics are specifical¬ 
ly taught. He thought that Inter¬ 
faith’s open forum would give stu¬ 
dents a chance to discuss 
different ethical dilemmas 
d Up and what the various reli- 
3Uld 8‘ 0US takes are on them. 

The group also hopes 
S eventually to hold a type 

of panel discussion in 
- which each sponsoring or¬ 
ganization would provide a speak¬ 
er representing their religion’s view 
on issues such as science and reli¬ 
gion, or women and religion. The 
potential topics are endless, and we 
are looking for suggestions. Presi¬ 
dent McCardell was also very im- 
(see Interfatih, page 8) 



Page 8 


OPINIONS 


October 9,1996 


Tuff fears the consequences of logging Lee exposes Green Party 


R ecreationists across the Unit¬ 
ed States are coming together 
to voice their stalwart opposition 
to the salvage rider (a.k.a. “log- 
ging-without-laws amendment”) 

Nicholas Tuff '99 

which passed attached to the 1995 
Interior Appropriations Rescission 
Act last July. Claiming to “...im¬ 
prove forest health... by removing 
trees susceptible to death, dis- “ 
ease or fire,” the salvage rider al¬ 
lows virtually any tree, any- j 
where, to be cut. It exempts ( 
hundreds of sales from every 
piece of applicable environmen- \ 
tal legislation. In the one year | 
this amendment has been effec- - 
tive, we have seen previously un¬ 
touched tracts of wilderness turn 
into scarred landscapes of logging 
roads and chutes, taking with them 
some of the most popular, pristine 
and wild of American public lands. 

For example, just south of Boze¬ 
man, Montana is the site of one of 
the latest victims of the salvage 
rider. Described by many as “a 
recreation mecca,” the Hyalite 
drainage has some of the best fish¬ 
ing, hunting, and backpacking in 
southern Montana. In addition, it 
has one of the best systems for 
handicapped citizens in the coun¬ 


try. Now, citizens and visitors alike c 
are outraged. Once thought as pro- 1 
tected, over 1,000 acres and five t 
million board feet of timber with- \ 
in this area are up for sale. Worst of s 
all, this sale, like all salvage sales, is 
charged to the American taxpayer. \ 
The Hyalite II salvage sale is cost- < 
ing us $50,000 to $75,000 for the l 
construction of roads alone. In j 
fact, estimated costs to the taxpay- < 

"Not only is the salvage rider 
affecting people, but it is also 
destroying some of the last 
grizzly bear habitats in the 
lower 48 states." 

er are around $ 120 million a year, i 
Not only is the salvage rider af- < 
; fecting people, but it is also de- ] 
i stroying some of the last intact i 
grizzly bear habitats in the lower | 
48 states. The species now exists in . 
only two percent of its original 
F range. The dangerously small pop- 1 
ulations now exist under the pro- ’ 
i tection of the Endangered Species 1 
; Act (ESA). Although this sounds as 1 
though the species is safeguarded, i 
i the salvage rider has taken away 
i any reassurance. The salvage rider ! 
r is actually above the laws, even the ! 
ESA. It permits lawless logging on 


our public lands, no matter if the 
logging will decimate the habitat of 
the grizzly bear, grey wolf, lynx, 
woodland caribou, or any other 
species protected under the ESA. 

There have been nearly 400 sal¬ 
vage sales in the US and all have 
occurred on public lands. The 
wilds which were once set aside to 
provide enjoyment, freedom, and 
conservation for our country’s cit¬ 
izens and species, have been 
sold to a single industry. More- 
) over, the bill for the destruction 
of American land is ironically 
being sent to the American cit¬ 
izen. Even President Clinton, 
who gave final approval to the 
bill, now admits that the salvage 
rider was “a mistake.” We as a soci¬ 
ety must understand that these 
public lands are not the property 
of any one social or economic 
group, but are for the benefit of all 
Americans. 

The only way to change lawless 
logging is to recover our lands by 
writing or calling your representa¬ 
tive and senators and asking them 
to repeal the salvage rider. For fur¬ 
ther reading or questions about the 
salvage rider, contact the Alliance 
for the Wild Rockies, P.O. Box 
8395, Missoula, MT 59807 (406) 
721-5420. 


Junior and senior turn sour on Dole 


(continued from page 6) United States by the Constitution, 

the “crushing” taxes we are told that nor prohibited by it to the States, 
our richest members “suffer” are reserved to the States respec- 
under, they seem to be prospering tively or to the people.” We fail to 
more than ever. see how this amendment has any 

While our top five percent reaps bearing on the tax and spending 


the fruits of the 50 percent cut in 
the capital gains tax, our bottom 
five percent will have to be satisfied 
with the so-called opportunity 
scholarships — that is after the De¬ 
partment of Education has been 
dismanded. Of course, without de¬ 
cent primary school education, 
these opportunity scholarships will 
have to be used for remedial Eng¬ 
lish and mathematics education at 
college level, but only if these chil¬ 
dren do not die of starvation along 
the way. 

Though we are told that it is 
possible to simultaneously balance 
the budget and cut government 
spending, we are never told of the 
consequences of such actions. 
When President Hoover decided to 
balance the budget to fight the De¬ 
pression, he failed to realize how 
much pain this would inflict. Once 
again, history proves that we 
should question the balanced bud¬ 
get amendment. No economist in 
his or her right mind will ever tell 
you to make a balanced budget 
constitutionally binding and there¬ 
by restrict the federal government’s 
freedom of action in midst of re¬ 
cession. Though no economist in 
his or her right mind would ever 
deny the need for a balanced bud¬ 
get over the long term, the bal¬ 
anced budget amendment is a 
major overreaction. The American 
people have shown their responsi¬ 
bility and forced the government to 
move towards a balanced budget, 
without the need for a balanced 
budget amendment. 

Another curious point brought 
up by Mr. Areshidze is a novel in¬ 
terpretation of the 10th Amend¬ 
ment This amendment states that 
“the powers not delegated to the 


policy of the US government, 
which has been confirmed by 
Supreme Court precedents. Is he 
implying that the federal govern¬ 
ment has usurped power from state 
governments? If so, this is a loose 
reading of the 10th Amendment 
since the powers Mr. Areshidze 
talks about have been delegated to 
the United States federal govern¬ 
ment and have not been over¬ 
turned by the Supreme Court. 

The numerous factual errors in 
Mr. Areshidze’s article emphasize 
to a bewildering extent his detach¬ 
ment from reality. The last time we 
checked, George Bush left the US 
economy in a recession, not with a 
robust 3.7 percent growth rate. On 
the other side of the coin, the econ¬ 
omy currently has been growing at 
an annual rate of 4.8 percent in 
April, May and June, instead of the 
anemic 2.3 percent that Mr. 
Areshidze would have us believe. 
His twisted Cartesian logic simply 
escapes us when linking slow 
growth with Clinton’s tax and 
spend policy. The economy has in¬ 
deed been booming and the un¬ 
employment rate has fallen to five 
percent from 5.5 percent for the 
past two years. Basic economics 
teaches us that falling unemploy¬ 
ment leads to accelerating infla¬ 
tion. Although it is clear that Amer¬ 
ica’s NAIRU (non-accelerating 
inflation rate of unemployment) 
has fallen, we shall soon reach the 
point where low unemployment 
will put upward pressure on prices. 
As a matter of fact, Mr. Greenspan 
already believes that we have al¬ 
ready reached that point and is 
considering an interest-rate hike to 
combat rising inflation. God for¬ 
bid, if we were to go along with the 


Dole plan of $500 billion across the 
board tax cuts, either the inflation 
rate would climb to double-digit 
figures or Mr. Greenspan would 
slam the brakes on the economy by 
taking radical action. Investment 
would go into a freefall and our 
economy would be in shambles, 
contrary to Mr. Areshidze’s vision 
of an economy “set free.” 

In fact, not only does the Dole 
Plan defy economic logic, but ac¬ 
cording to a recent survey con¬ 
ducted by the notoriously conserv¬ 
ative Economist, a majority of the 
American people do not even sup¬ 
port Dole’s tax-cut. 

Though we would like to correct 
the numerous factual errors and 
the loose interpretations of facts 


It did not matter that I had no 
idea where Blodgett Mills, New 
York was, or that I only had one 
friend with the last name; this en¬ 
velope was addressed to me. I was 
going to find out what was inside, 
even if I could reach no conclu¬ 
sions from the sloppy return ad¬ 
dress stamped in the corner: The 
Greens. 

\rpntk h* 

by Alexander Lee'97 

Inside was the hokey propa¬ 
ganda of the Green Party USA, a 
disorganized stack of pamphlets 
that told me about the 10 key val¬ 
ues and an upcoming conference 
in Los Angeles — a city that lies 
approximately 3,000 miles from 
where I live. The included official 
party tabloid ——- _ 

looked like a "If the Green Party USA 
mess of juve- constituents can get 
tlreir act together... it 
flowers inter- will be the strongest 

spersed in a political force...." 

field of flaky - 

articles about rainbow gatherings 
in Florida. Overall, I was not im¬ 
pressed. 

I was depressed. I had collected 
over 1,000 signatures for their 
qualified candidate, Ralph Nader. 

I had been standing in Harvard 
Square with a clipboard or knock¬ 
ing on doors in the evening for 
three months. Now it was sudden¬ 
ly dear that lcey value # 3 (grass- 

and other conservative fallacies in 
Mr. Areshidze’s artide, it would re¬ 
quire a time commitment beyond 
our means. Even though we respect 
Bob Dole’s service to his country, 
this does not necessarily qualify 
him for the duties of the presiden¬ 
cy. Moreover, we find Mr. 

Areshidze’s blatantly personal at¬ 
tacks on President Clinton non- 
conducive to the terms of the de¬ 
bate. 

Whatever Mr. Clinton’s alleged 
rdations may have been with Paula 
Jones or with marijuana, he has 


roots democracy) was really a 
synonym for disorganized and 
sloppy. It was dear that the edec- 
tic group who compose the party 
could never agree on anything. 
The very dissension I am describ¬ 
ing is exactly what destroyed the 
possibility of getting Mr. Nader on 
the Massachusetts general elec¬ 
tion ballot. A silly schism derailed 
the whole effort. 

If the Green Party USA con¬ 
stituents can get their act together 
for the new millennia, it will be the 
strongest political force in Ameri¬ 
ca. While it is too late for 1996, a 
serious Green Party USA can 
broaden the spectrum of major is¬ 
sues in elections to come. Nudear 
power problems, identifiable cor¬ 
porate greed fed by government 
ineptitude on the scale of $38 bil¬ 
lion dollars in polluter pork, and 
- the foresee- 


Party U5A able scarcity 

Can get of dean water 

■ . should be at 

Stner ... It the top of the 

longest national 

_ n agenda. 

****** — . 
_ Such a 

party will have to discuss directly 
the spiritual bankruptcy of Amer¬ 
ica and not simplify it to single is¬ 
sues like abortion and crime. Such 
a party will have to debunk the 
myth that constant growth is 
equivalent to a healthy economy. 
Such a party has a chance, if like- 
minded people ban together. It 
will surdy foil if it continues on its 
current path. 

proven himsdf a steady president 
capable of tackling diverse issues. 
Our booming economy, the foiling 
crime rate and successful welfare 
reform all attest to his effective¬ 
ness. The facts are dear: our fiscal 
policy is in the best shape it has 
been for a decade. 

It makes no common sense to 
drastically alter policies that have 
been so effective. As basic conserv¬ 
ative tenets hold, evolution is more 
desirable than revolution. Mr. 
Areshidze, we highly recommend 
an investment in Economics 150! 


Interfaith offers open religious forum 


(continued from page 7) 
pressed by the show of support that 
this student-initiated group has re¬ 
ceived. People saw a need, and they 
did something about it 

A discussion group would also 
give a tivil floor to religious dis¬ 
agreements. Do not misunderstand 
me: This is not a group plan- — 
niing to stage religious warfare, 
or theological arguments over tC 
who is better, and no one is out 
to convert anyone else. I was 
very disturbed by the mud- bt 
slinging that went on over rdi- y< 
gious issues in last year’s Cam¬ 
pus; such as the dispute over the 
Christian Fellowship signs. 

Middlebury is a small communi¬ 
ty. It is not a big anonymous school 
where you can see a person and 
possibly never see him or her again. 

It is inevitable that the same per¬ 
son whom your editorials were dis¬ 
puting or rudely shooting down, is 
in front of you at the juice bar. 
Everyone has the right to express 
his/her opinion, but why not do it in 
a civil fashion? Rather than always 
talking about what a community 


school we are, why don’t we act like fens 
at it? As a community of educated faitl 
t- adults, it would be wiser to sit down prol 
;y and discuss the problems and see and 
what the other person is trying to wor 
to say. Religious disagreements are h 
s- hardly a Middlebury phenomenon, will 
id nor are they comparable in impact chai 

"...This is not a group planning 
to stage religious warfare, or the¬ 
ological arguments over who is 
better, and no one is out to con¬ 
vert anyone else." 

tie to those of the world at large; but criti 
even in our little microcosm the telle 
ti- idea of sitting down to solve prob- lem 
ol lems can, and should, be carried on wor 
id for beyond the boundaries of this bus 
n. campus. that 

:r- I am hoping the discussion and 
is- group will give a chance for stu- S 
is dents to better function as a com- ope 
ir. munity — a chance to stop prob- abo 
ss lems before they start. mei 

in If people are religiously aware, cus 
tys sensitive and understand why to t 
ity someone may find something of- You 


fensive for religious reasons, Inter¬ 
faith will be an asset to preventing 
problems from happening now, in 
and even outside our Middlebury 
world. 

My other hope is that the group 
will give students and faculty a 
chance to have some good discus- 
— sions in a non-academic en- 

9 vironment. With the diver- 

lie- sity and background of the 

2 student body at Middle¬ 

bury, there is no limit to 
T - what could pop up in con¬ 
versation. 

- I have often heard people 

criticize Middlebury for lacking in¬ 
tellectual conversation. One prob¬ 
lem with this campus, and in this 
world, is that people are often so 
busy kvetching about what is wrong 
that they lose sight of trying to find 
and create solutions. 

So, the next time you are about to 
open up your mouth to complain 
about the fact that you cannot re¬ 
member when you had a good dis¬ 
cussion outside of class, try coming 
to an Interfoith discussion dinner. 
You have to eat, right? 


October 9,1996 


OPINIONS 


Page 9 


First-year attacks Bill Clinton and the Democratic platform 


D uring the debates on Sun¬ 
day, both Bob Dole and Bill 
Clinton were asked about what 
role of the federal government 
should be in the lives of the Amer- 

Irakly Areshidze '00 

ican people. Bob Dole gave a clear 
answer, but Bill Clinton, as always, 
fudged his answer, pretended to be 
a moderate rather than the left¬ 
winger that he is, and basically lied 
to the American people. But no 
matter how hard Bill Clinton tries 
to fudge it, the difference is there 
and it is clear: Bill Clinton, along 
with his liberal and elitist friends, 
wants to trust the government. 

He thinks that the people are 
too stupid to make their own de¬ 
cisions. Bob Dole and the com¬ 
mon sense Republicans, mean¬ 
while, trust the American people 
to decide what is best for them, 
rather then some bureaucrat in 
Washington, DC. 

The cover of Time magazine 
this week has a woman named 
Lori on it, and it says that she, 
much like most working women, 
does not control her life or the life 
of her family. 

Why, one may ask, is this true? 
Because in 1993 Bill Clinton re¬ 
newed the attack on the American 
family that we thought had ended 
in 1981 by doing everything pos¬ 
sible to bring the burdensome, ir¬ 
responsible and unnecessary fed¬ 
eral government into the lives of 
the American people. 

When JFK died and LBJ be¬ 
came President, the Democratic 
party, which was made up of elit¬ 
ist and self-serving people who 
had no trust in ordinary Ameri¬ 
cans, began an all out war on two 
backbones of the United States so¬ 
ciety: the family and the small 
business. They decided to take 
control of the lives like Lori’s. By 
imposing their burdensome regu¬ 
lations, their unconstitutional fed¬ 
eral government mandates, and 
their completely idiotic, stupid 
and all-but-socialist ideas of the 
great society on the states and the 
American people, the Democratic 
party attacked the American fam¬ 
ilies and values. To pay for all these 
irresponsible and arrogant pro¬ 
grams they hiked taxes and en¬ 
gaged on a tax-and-spend spree 
for almost 20 years. They de¬ 


stroyed the American morale to 
the level that the American people 
began to say, “The problem in my 
community is not my problem; it 
is the government’s problem;” the 
government should get its act to¬ 
gether and fix the problem. 

Well, things began to change in 
1981 when a new president (the 
greatest of them all this century), 
Ronald Reagan, was elected. A 
man who had said many years be¬ 
fore that “the government is not 
the solution to our problems, it is 
the problem” was now running the 
country. The American families 
and the small businesses fought 
the attackers back. But the De¬ 
mocrats were not willing to give 
up; unable to raise taxes, which 
Reagan cut, and unwilling to trust 
the American people, they bal¬ 
looned the deficit with spending 
for unconstitutional government 
programs. That is why Republi¬ 
cans won three straight presiden¬ 
tial elections. The American fami¬ 
lies did not want those who had 
been attacking them with higher 
taxes and more unnecessary gov¬ 
ernment regulations in power. 

But then in 1992, Bill Clinton 
ran for president claiming to be a 
“New Democrat”. Brainwashing 
the American public, which was 
disenchanted with President Bush 
due to a usual cyclical recession 
that had hit the country during his 
administration, Bill Clinton con¬ 
vinced people that the Democrat¬ 
ic Party of the old had vanished; a 
new moderate party finally had 
arisen in its stead. 

On January 20,1993, Bill Clin¬ 
ton became President, and the all- 
out attack of the federal govern¬ 
ment on the American people, the 
American families, and the Amer¬ 
ican small businesses resumed 
with full force. 

This force was so strong that 
even LBJ, a man who all but de¬ 
stroyed the two backbones of this 
country, must have smiled in his 
grave. 

During the first two years of his 
administration, Bill Clinton pro¬ 
posed using $ 17 billion of people’s 
money on a pork-barrel spending 
bill, an idea that people thought 
had died alongside Tip O’Neil. Bill 
Clinton raised taxes on the average 
middle class American families by 
$265 billion, resulting in a stag¬ 


nant economy that grows slower 
than the rate of inflation, and cost 
the American families millions of 
good jobs. 

He suggested, sponsored, and 
often pushed government-run 
programs such as AmeriCorps, a 
program which does one of the 
funniest things imaginable: it pays 
people to volunteer! How volun¬ 
teering and earning money go to¬ 
gether, I do not know. He cut the 
office of the drug czar by 80%, re¬ 
sulting in a doubling of the teen¬ 
age drug use in the last four years. 
He appointed a surgeon general 
who suggested legalizing drugs. 
And more then anything else, in 
the Democrats’ usual elitist and 
self-serving manner, he put his 
wife in charge of a group which in 
total and absolute secrecy devised 
a plan that would have created 50 
new government bureaucracies, 
cost $1.5 trillion over five years, 
raised taxes on the American fam¬ 
ilies and small businesses by hun¬ 
dreds of billions of dollars, and re¬ 
sulted in the government 
take-over of the greatest health 
care system in the world. 

Now, if these actions of higher 
taxes, more government regula¬ 
tions and an explosion in the drug 
use are not an attack on the Amer¬ 
ican families, what is? Thank Lord 
that Bob Dole was there, as Senate 
minority leader filibustering all he 
could, and thank Lord that the 
American people caught on with 
what was going on. 

In 1994, in response to Bill 
Clinton’s renewed attack on the 
American family and business, the 
people swept Republicans into of¬ 
fices all over the country. 

They gave them the control of 
congress in one of the largest turn¬ 
overs in history. They also gave 
them governorships that resulted 
in Republican governors repre¬ 
senting 75% of the US population. 
And they elected Republicans to 
many other local offices. 

It seemed that Bill Clinton 
would get the message and finally 
would listen to America, but he 
continued his attacks on the 
American people right until just a 
couple of months ago when elec¬ 
tion time rolled around. In 1995 
alone, he vetoed a balanced budget 
which would have resulted - in 
lower interest rate for the Ameri- 


Abortion proves to be a sensitive topic 


(continued from page 7) 
in the beauty of life for every per¬ 
son. 

Finally, allow me to add that 
there are those who say that the il¬ 
legality of abortion would lead to 
many unwanted children forced 
into orphanages or under 
long-term government 
care. whk 

To this I have two re- yyg £ 
sponse. First, I have an 
aunt and an uncle who we 
waited four years before Und< 
they could adopt a child, 

They were healthy, loving, - 

financially stable people, perfecdy 
ready to take a child into their 
home. 

They had to spend years on a 
waiting list. While they waited, 
millions of children were aborted. 

Furthermore, there are those 
who say that the waiting list is only 


for healthy white children, and, I could 
r per- suppose, to a certain extent that’s we are ] 
true. However, are we then saying unders 
l that that because other children are not If w 

he il- white or aren’t healthy they forfeit side of 
:ad to the right to live? It is our responsi- know, 
orced bility to care for these children destroy 

"When we decide to take away the life 
which is given to us, by forces which 
we could not possibly comprehend, 
we are playing in areas beyond our 
understanding. If we must err, let it be 
on the side of compassion." 

fectly however we can. If that means sac- gender 
their rifice, then so be it. Let’s not kill their p 
them because of our fear of sacri- mon g 
: on a fice. discou: 

aited, I truly believe there is a beauty Let’s 
orted. in each living creature. When we pered 
those decide to take away the life which sheer 
s only is given to us, by forces which we Thing. 


can families to get loans for new 
homes, new cars or education op¬ 
portunities for their children; he 
opposed a balanced budget 
amendment that would have 
helped bring the mortgaging of 
our future by our parents to an 
end; he vetoed tax cuts for Ameri¬ 
can working families; he vetoed a 
bill that would have saved 
Medicare for the American se¬ 
niors, and instead went on a 
“mediscare” campaign to scare the 
seniors; and he vetoed a law that 
would have ended unlimited law 
suits because he is in bed with the 
trial lawyers. That veto was so out¬ 
rageous that even his elitist and 
liberal Democratic friends joined 
the Republicans in overriding it. 

In addition to this all, his wife, 
the First Lady whose bully pulpit 
comes directly from the president, 
wrote a book in which she said 
that it takes a village, thus the 
state/government, rather than a 
family, to raise a child. 


If all these actions do not repre¬ 
sent a member of the liberal elite 
who has no trust in the American 
people, then what does? It is be¬ 
cause of Bill Clinton that Lori can¬ 
not control her life. The govern¬ 
ment is in control of her life. 

During the debates, Bill Clinton 
told Americans that he trusts the 
people. Excuse me sir, but why did 
you not show this in your actions? 
Because you do not trust the peo¬ 
ple; you trust the government. 
That is demeaning to the nation. It 
is time for the federal govern¬ 
ment’s all-out war on America, led 
by Bill Clinton along with his lib¬ 
eral, elitist, self-serving liars, to 
end. 

It is time for new leadership in 
America: leadership which trusts 
the people, which believes in the 
people and which knows that “we 
the people” created this govern¬ 
ment to promote and protect our 
values rather than try to destroy 
them. 


Libertarian speaks mind 


(continued from page 7) 
by the government, and true free¬ 
dom (economic and personal) will 
be very limited. 


It is however, in my opinion, a 
more realistic approach than try¬ 
ing to make everyone economical- 


It would be no surprise to me if ly equal through the use of force. 


a 27th amendment were to be 
added that stated, “All citizens are 
equal, but some are more equal 
than others.” The country would 
be renamed the United Socialist 
States of America. 

.... Not only are entitlements a 
problem, but even the institutions 
and programs set up for the bene¬ 
fit of everyone are incapable of ful¬ 
filling their purpose. For example, 
the Federal Reserve System was es¬ 
tablished in 1913 as an institution 

t0 hel P the 


could not possibly comprehend, 
we are playing in areas beyond our 
understanding. 

If we must err, let it be on the 
side of compassion. If we do not 
know, let us embrace rather than 
destroy. If we must have unwanted 
.jr children, let’s find them 
ie e a place where they will 
ich be wanted. Having said 
id that, let me add that this 

is not a dictum. It is, in- 
^ stead, an appeal, 

it be Let’s reopen the lines 
of communication. Let’s 

_ forgo the traditional 

gender roles and all the anger; in 
their place let’s look for the com¬ 
mon ground of free and honest 
discourse. 

Let’s allow reason, always tem¬ 
pered by compassion, to replace 
sheer emotion. And Another 
Thing... 


economy grow uwiwnuu 
smoothly, in- by limiting i 

stead ’ , 11 has to preventir 

presided over r 
America’s worst fraud in all I 
depression and tionships, W 

be sure that 

ing crisis. The 

Great Depres- will be prOtl 
sion, popularly 

blamed on the _ 

free market, was caused by the 
government’s own monetary con¬ 
trols and protectionism. 

The FDA, an agency responsi¬ 
ble for approving new drugs, has 
killed more people by denying 
them “safe” drugs than by the use 
of all the “unsafe” drugs in the 20th 
century. The “wars on drugs and 
poverty” have not decreased the 
occurrences of these problems but 
instead have escalated them indi¬ 
rectly. And as usual, the politicians’ 
only solution is for more reforms 
to “get tougher,” which never works 
in die long run and slowly erodes 
our individual rights even more. 

By now you may be thinking 
that my political philosophy is 
very idealistic and radical. I’ll be 
the first to admit that it is not per¬ 
fect. This is the whole point to Lib¬ 
ertarianism — that you cannot 
create a utopian society. 

Libertarians believe that by 
limiting a government to prevent¬ 
ing force and fraud in all human 
relationships, we can at least be 
sure that everyone will be protect¬ 
ed equally under the law. This con¬ 
cept, of course, is also very idealis- 


"Libertarians believe that 
by limiting a government 
to preventing force and 
fraud in all human rela¬ 
tionships, we can at least 
be sure that everyone 
will be protected equal¬ 
ly..." 


The Dalai Lama, someone who 
strongly believes in helping others, 
agrees that socialism is not a viable 
solution to society’s problems. He 
noted that socialism would never 
work because it is not based on 
compassion but on force and con¬ 
frontation. Even Engels, Marx’s 
collegue, wrote: “For a pure Marx¬ 
ist society to long endure, volun¬ 
tary exchange between individuals 
must be abolished.” Libertarians 
ask: Is it compassionate to teach 

————— P e °P le the y 


can’t survive 
without gov¬ 
ernment help? 

Is it com¬ 
passionate to 
Leave no one 
responsible 
for himself 
and to coerce 
everyone to 
be responsible 


for everyone else? 

Already the federal government 
is taking 40% of our income. It is 
eroding away our rights to own 
guns and to free speech on the In¬ 
ternet. 

It tells us what substances we 
can or cannot use and what kind of 
marriage is appropriate. It brain¬ 
washes children into being model 
citizens who. accept the govern¬ 
ment’s coercion as god-given, thus 
aiding in the manufacture of more 
young socialists. 

The founding fathers of this 
once great nation would be twist¬ 
ing in their graves if they knew 
how today’s Americans have dis¬ 
torted the Constitution. 

We must put an end to this 
growing cycle of government de¬ 
pendency. For the sake of our chil¬ 
dren and grandchildren, we should 
stop this foolishness and take re¬ 
sponsibility. 

As Libertarian presidential can¬ 
didate flarry Browne said, “It is 
time to stop paying lip service to 
the Constitution on national holi¬ 
days, and instead start taking it se¬ 
riously 365 days a year.” 


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Page 11 




Carillonneurs provide melodic charm 


By Gwynn Guilford 

StaffWrlter 

No matter how many times or 
how closely one looks at a picture 
of a place, it is always more beau¬ 
tiful when seen firsthand. This is 
-definitely true of Middlebury; no 
postcards, calendars, or scenery 
shots in application brochures can 
truly do the campus justice. Per¬ 
haps it is merely the breathtaking 
landscape responsible for this 
phenomenon. 

On the other hand, few people 
credit the atmosphere, in addition 
to the scenery, with eliciting sighs 
from gazing onlookers. And if it is 
indeed the atmosphere that brings 
life and splendor to the setting, 
then it is only right to acknowl¬ 
edge the bells of Mead Chapel as 
an integral part of Middlebury’s 
consummately picturesque at¬ 
mosphere. 

Technically known as a caril¬ 
lon, the Mead Chapel bells are 
most often heard around dusk, 
when the final rays of sunlight il¬ 
luminate the turning leaves and 
cast a crimson glow across the dis¬ 
tant Green Mountains. 

Although the essence of this ex¬ 
perience is undeniably natural, we 
still are forced to wonder whose 
hands yield the melodies we hear. 

The answer is Middlebury’s 
r own carillonneurs — three of the 
students who have playecj the car¬ 
illon throughout the years here: 
Renee Camfield ’97, Tim Bartlett 
’98 and Faith Knapp ’97. These 
students play carillon in the 
steeple of Mead Chapel every 
evening and on special occasions. 


The carillon itself is a curious 
instrument; to see it being played 
is downright amusing. With orga¬ 
nization similar to that of piano, 
the carillon consists of nearly fifty 
knobs and over twenty foot ped¬ 
als, each corresponding to a cer¬ 
tain bell. When the knob is struck 
with a fist, it pulls on a string that 
moves the clapper, the round piece 
of metal hanging from the middle 
of the bell. 

When the clapper moves for¬ 
ward, it strikes the bell, causing it 
to reverberate. The bells them¬ 
selves do not actually move. The 
knob is struck with the fleshy re¬ 
gion of the pinkie finger formed in 
a fist. 

For the songs of faster tempo, 
the carillonneur creates quite a 
spectacle, beating the knobs fre¬ 
netically as the violence of the 
playing contrasts with the melody 
of the notes produced. 

Middlebury’s carillon is of par¬ 
ticularly fine quality. World- 
renowned carillonneur George 
Matthews comes to practice on the 
carillon in Mead Chapel. This is 
advantageous not only because his 
playing is pleasant to hear, but also 
because he teaches his technique 
to Middlebury’s carillonneurs. 
Matthews is a resident of Brandon 
and is also well-known for his 
composition of works for the car-, 
illon. 

Renee Camfield, from Nova 
Scotia, has been playing carillon 
for three years now. She decided to 
learn how to play when she an¬ 
swered an advertisement in the 
calendar during her first year at 


‘Plot, sound,’ integral for 
successful kung fu films 


By Kevin Murphy 

Staff Writer 

Our Sunderland Video Library 
maintains an impressive selection 
of films geared towards the liberal 
arts curriculum: classics, foreign 
films, documentaries, and films 
noir. The American Movie Club 
has made an admirable effort of 
bringing newer popular films and 
old favorites to the big screen right 
here on campus. Any number of 
Middlebury students have their 
own private reserve of great 
movies to be watched in the room 
or passed around the hall in a sort 
of makeshift lending-library sys¬ 
tem. While all of these viewing op¬ 
tions offer a range of top-notch 
movies for the educated tastes of 
Midd students, I have found that 
sampling a variety of not-so-top- 
notch films can be entertaining as 
well. 

Dispelling the rumor that self- 
respecting, upper-crust viewers of 
the liberal arts persuasion cannot 
enjoy brainless movies are a host 
of really bad kung fu movies. Case 
in point: watching these films is a 
catharsis for the over-stressed 
mind. 

While most of the movies avail¬ 
able to students from the afore¬ 
mentioned sources fit the discern¬ 
ing palate, they accordingly take 
some thinking to watch. Not so of 
these films! They are definitely 
worthless and wipe the mind clean 
of any intelligent thoughts, at least 


Middlebury, even though she had 
no previous idea of what a carillon 
was. 

Camfield’s extensive prior mu¬ 
sical experience in choir and espe¬ 
cially as a organist and a pianist 
made the initial learning of the 
carillon relatively easy. She now 
plays carillon, sings in the choir 
and performs organ music on a 
regular basis, so she “practically 
lives in the chapel.” 

Camfield enjoys playing caril¬ 
lon for a variety of reasons. She 
views the demand of playing the 
carillon on a regular basis not as a 
chore but as an opportunity to 
perform a nightly concert for the 
school. She especially likes playing 
with the other carillonneurs be¬ 
cause, “We sing along with the 
music. We dance around the 
room. It’s a lot of fun.” 

After being the “only car- 
ollinneur in the beginning of her 
second year at Middlebury, Cam- 
field recruited some fellow musi¬ 
cians who were interested in play¬ 
ing carillon. 

From her choir, Camfield found 
(see Carillonneurs, page 13) 


temporarily. Watching just 10 min¬ 
utes before studying will clear 
your head and prepare you for the 
rigors of academic life — just try 
it! Ahh, the simple pleasure of 
watching countless extras point 
and scream “Godzeeeeeeeeer- 
aaaaaa!” is truly a tonic. Devotees 
of worthless movies pay unending 
homage to the ground-breaking 
series of films in which Godzilla 
fights an assortment of other large 
papier-mich^ and claymation 
monsters, such as Mothra. 

One favorite film of mine is 
“The Drunken Shao Lin Monk,” in 
which an orphaned boy grows up 
to become a fearless fighter in 
search of his parents’ killer. To 
even summarize these movies 
does them a great disservice, 
though, as most excel in their 
wholesale lack of a plot. Indeed, 
the measure of any good kung fu 
movie is the quantity of kicking. 
Critics often charge that lesser-ac- 
claimed movies have “very good 
action, spirited dialogue, but just 
not enough kicking.” One avid 
viewer prefaced a screening of one 
selected film by explaining that 
“it’s just like “Rocky,” only with 
more kicking.” 

Sound quality is another major 
determinant of a film’s merit. 
Complexities make the movie: the 
staccato bursts of a fight scene 
must be timed just right, while the 
dubbed-in voices of the characters 
(see Kung Fu, page 13) 


nicoia smitn 

Carillonneurs integrate the musical and natural beauty of the campus. 


New I.D.s lead to Proctor traffic jams 


By Mandy Levine 

StaffWriter 

Maybe it’s indicative of the few 
real-world issues that rock the cam¬ 
pus, but in the first few weeks of 
school the biggest calamity oh cam¬ 
pus (besides the missing “New 
Faces” book) has undoubtedly been 
the introduction of the new Midd- 
Cards. Upon arrival, all students 
were stunned with the news that the 
familiar, magnetic-stripe-backed, 
took-six-swipes-to-get-into-Proc- 
tor identification card had been re¬ 
placed by a new and bolder I.D. 
card. Not only does the new I.D. 
card have a magnetic stripe and a 
computer-generated picture, but it 
also contains a tiny, enigmatic gold 
microchip that somehow manages 


to hold a student’s basic identifica¬ 
tion information, PIN number, ex¬ 
piration date, and tips on building 
your own nuclear holocaust. I 
sought to discover how the campus 
is reacting to this radical new I.D. 

When speaking with the student 
body I found that many students 
were frustrated with the Midd- 
Cards. The general concensus is 
that the new card, which is inserted 
into a machine rather than swiped, 
takes longer than the old I.D. card 
and is leading to annoyingly long 
lines, especially into the dining 
halls. One particularly irate student 
demanded, “I hate it! What’s up 
with the lines outside Proctor at 
8:30 in the morning? What’s up with 
the no dollar bill changer in the 


Courtesy photo 

Back-ups like this have become common after the switch to the new I.D.s. 


soda machine?” A hungry sopho¬ 
more shared ideas for a quicker way 
to get into the dining halls: “If you’re 
on the meal plan, you should just 
have a little dot on your card so that 
you can flash your card and go in 
and someone with a clicker just 
clicks you in. I don’t think the five 
people who live off campus, not on 
the meal plan, are really going to try 
to sneak into Proctor for this food.” 

Other students were disconcert¬ 
ed by the mysterious gold mi¬ 
crochip on the MiddCards. A junior 
male summed it up best: “All I have 
to say is—what’s up with the chip?” 
Many students are unaware of the 
microchip’s actual purpose, and a 
student’s belief that “they’re trying 
to bug all of the students with the 
supposed microchip” exemplified 
the students’ general unease. An in¬ 
ventive junior female stated, “They 
should offer a class for the Midd- 
Cards.”“And the phone lady’s num¬ 
ber too!” her sexually-repressed 
male friend chimed in. Other stu¬ 
dents were uneasy with the ability 
to put stored cash value on their 
cards, not trusting themselves not 
to abuse their newfound power. 
“Just what I need—another credit 
card! I just don’t want to put money 
in ‘cause I’ll spend it" one student 
stated. 

However, I also spoke with many 
Middlebury students who are much 
more sympathetic and accepting of 
the new MiddCards. Numerous stu¬ 
dents applauded the convenience of 
using the new card in the laundry 
and copying machines. I passed a 
political science major on the stair¬ 
well muttering to himself his views 
on the new card: “Anything in its 
nascient stages inevitably under¬ 
goes a trial-and-error period re¬ 
quiring patience and a willingness 
to accept change, despite the pre¬ 
sent seemingly-insurmountable ob¬ 
stacles.” I guess he was just saying 
we should cut the MiddCards a lit¬ 
tle slack, but I’m not sure. I also al¬ 
most witnessed a rumble between 
(see Transition, page 12) 









Page 12 


FEATURES 


October 9,1996 


Transition to MiddCard leaves cardholders impatient with delays 


(continued from page 11) 
two students who were debating 
which is faster, the old magnetic 
strip I.D. card, or the new Midd- 
Cards. A MiddCards supporter pro¬ 
claimed, “But what about the 15 
swipes it used to take to get your old 


card to work? I bet [the MiddCard] 
is fester now because we no longer 
have messed-up cards. I think we 
need to be patient With any new 
thing you have to wait for them to 
work out the kinks.” 

I encountered this same senti¬ 


ment when I interviewed a repre¬ 
sentative of Schlumberger, the com¬ 
pany that provided our MiddCards 
and the equipment the cards are 
used with. The man I spoke with, 
whom I will call “Schlum” for obvi¬ 
ous reasons, is entitled the “Manag- 



Amanda Shoemaker 


Students enjoy the football game this past weekend at Homecoming. 

Homecoming fosters bond to alumni 


By Courtney Palmbush 

Staff Writer 

For a first- year student at Mid- 
dlebury, it is somewhat hard to 
discern what Homecoming means 
or should mean in the collegiate 
context. “I’m so excited I can’t 
contain myself,” remarked Jme 
McLean, a first-year from Battell 
North. Asked what her feelings 
about Homecoming were, her re¬ 
action was natural. As a first-year, 
McLean’s feelings belied the fact 
that a crucial relationship has not 
yet been formed. A Middlebury 
first-year has not yet established 
his or her place at the college, and 
likewise the college has not yet 


completely become a friendly and 
familiar fixture in his or her life. It’s 
difficult to feel proud to be part of 
a place one hardly knows. Howev¬ 
er, the fact that this attitude isn’t 
only a first-year one — it’s been 
noted in sophomores, juniors, and 
seniors as well — poses a compli¬ 
cated obstacle in defining what 
Homecoming means at Middle¬ 
bury. The event has a variety of 
meanings for different people. 

It seems that the essence of a 
Middlebury Homecoming is cap¬ 
tured not so much by the student 
body as it is by the alumni who 
come from all over the country to 
walk again over the campus and 





remember what it meant to be a 
student at Middlebury — to recall 
those feelings and experiences that 
moved them from the first-year 
threshold of their young lives on¬ 
ward to the heart of what their 
lives have since become. Middle¬ 
bury alumni recognize with the 
unique clarity of their absence 
what a truly wonderful place the 
college is, both as an academic in¬ 
stitute and a community of 
friends. 

Many of the activities taking 
place over Homecoming Weekend 
incorporated alumni, such as the 
Mischords Reunion, wherein four 
decades of Mischords united to 
sing in the lobby of Upper Proctor 
Saturday morning, and the alum- 
ni-student swimming competition 
that allowed past greats to head off 
against the new ones. Alumni did 
not simply come back to Middle¬ 
bury and observe activity from a 
distance. They could be found at 
the social houses at night; they ate 
in the dining halls andbrought 
their families to movies at the 
(see Homecoming page 14) 


er of Technical Support” for the 
company. I mentioned to Schlum 
that lines outside dining halls are 
frustratingly long. Schlum stated 
that “the process will be sped up. 
We’re evaluating it as we speak and 
we’re improving it” Another reason 
that lines are building up outside 
the dining halls, Schlum pointed 
out, is that not all students are using 
their cards correctly. If you are im¬ 
patient and pull your card out of the 
machine before you are instructed 
to do so, the machine will state “in¬ 
valid card” or even that ambiguous 
“error in bay one.” Also, in the laun¬ 
dry or copying machines students 
must press “END” before removing 
the card, or ruin microchip. If you 
find that your card is defective you 
can receive a replacement card at 
security. Lastly, I mentioned that 
many students are uneasy about 
walking around with money on 
their cards, because if the card is 
misplaced anyone could use it (you 
don’t have to enter your PIN once 
money is on the card). Schlum 
pointed out, “If I had a hole in my 
pocket I could lose that money 
too.... You need to treat it like an 
American Express or Visa card.” 
Wise words of advice. 

I also had the opportunity to talk 
with Tom Corbin, Middlebury’s di¬ 
rector of human resources and as¬ 
sistant treasurer. Mr. Corbin quite 
reasonably pointed out that the av¬ 
erage of eight br nine seconds that 
the MiddCards currently takes to 
process “is [not] an inordinate 
amount of time to run this process. 
The only thing faster would be to 
walk in.” The administration is try¬ 
ing to eliminate another step in the 
process so that eventually the Mid¬ 
dCards process will be cut down to 
seven seconds, which is equivalent 


to the speed of swiping the old card 
( assuming your first swipe was ac¬ 
tually processed). We need to re¬ 
member how many times dining 
hall lines backed up with the old 
magnetic cards when one student’s 
card had to be swiped several times. 

In addition, the MiddCard has 
both a microchip and a magnetic 
stripe because the two are used for 
different purposes. The magnetic 
stripe is swiped in the library just 
like the old I.D.s; by November it 
will get students into the Voter late 
at night, and by January it will be 
used at the National Bank of Mid¬ 
dlebury. The microchip, on the 
other hand, is a microprocessor 
similar to the chip in a personal 
computer. As mentioned earlier, the 
chip stores a student’s identification 
information, PIN number, and 
other basic information. In addi¬ 
tion, the microchip is an “electron¬ 
ic purse” that stores the cash value 
that a student puts into his or her 
card. There is currently a twenty 
dollar limit on the cards; eventually 
the maximum will be fifty dollars, 
to prevent students abusing the 
cards downtown. By November we 
will hopefully we able to use our 
MiddCards with twenty different 
participating merchants down¬ 
town. Overall, however, Mr. Corbin 
is pleased with the introduction of 
the MiddCards and believes that the 
system will be perfected by Winter 
Term. Students complained just as 
much six years ago when the mag¬ 
netic stripe I.D. card was intro¬ 
duced Until all of its kinks were 
worked out, and Mr. Corbin wisely 
suspects that once the MiddCards’ 
kinks have been solved we will all 
be quite happy with its various uses, 
and equally reluctant to return to 
the old magnetic stripe I.D. card. 


T urban becomes obstacle 
to classes and MiddCard 


By Anne Bruder 

StaffWriter 

My friend Sandeep wears a tur¬ 
ban. In fact, he has worn one for 
most of his life. You see, he is affili¬ 
ated with the Sikh religion. It is a 
custom in this faith to wear a tur¬ 
ban in order to show a distinction 
between the Sikh faith and all oth¬ 
ers. 

But,this is not about the history 
of the turban, rather it’s about my 


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friend Sandeep and his relationship 
with his turban. As a Sikh student at 
Middlebury, Sandeep, with turban 
on head, appears unlike all other 
students. 

His comfort in discussing the 
Sikh tradition is evident. In no way 
does he wish to exploit any mem¬ 
ber of the college community in 
discussing two of his experiences 
with his turban at Middlebury. 
What follows is an interview (one 
of many we’ve had about his tur¬ 
ban). 

me: How big is your turban? 
Does it expand with use? 

Sandeep: I can make it as big as 
you like! Actually, it’s about this big. 
(He extends his vast arms through 
an open space) They come in all 
shapes and sizes — if you know 
what I mean. (He winks.) 

me: Tell me your favorite child- 
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Alum relates struggles of environment 

BfJMike Wiser global politics. “If you are interest- important, environmentalists 

Sjoff Writer ed in public policy, work for local should also be creative and have 

An intimate group of sixteen government, at some time, because good communication skills. She 
students, alumnae, and interested it is the closest to the people,” she told the students that environmen- 
guests gathered at Weybridge said. She also stressed the danger talists are in demand from govem- 
House Saturday to hear Sarah B. of underestimating the global pic- ment agencies and private corpo- 
Kotchian 75 speak about her ex- ture even for local issues, saying, rations that want to comply with 
perience as the director of " " " environmental laws and 

the Albuquerque Environ- [Kotchian Said] "If you are interested want to serve the corn- 

mental Health Department, in public policy, Work for local OOV- munity. 

Woman on Watch: Working ®[ nment ' at s0 ™ e time, because It IS who attended the talk 

Towards Environmental the Closest tO the people, felt that it helped them 

Health,” was part of this to define career possi- 

weekend’s homecoming activities. “You can’t have any good policies bilities. 

Kotchian, who graduated with a without understanding the global Heather Kenney ’99 said.Tm an 

degree in American Literature, was picture.” Environmental Studies major, and 

recendy presented with the Alum- Kotchian also argued that the I’m not sure what I want to do.” 
ni Achievement Award. economic system helped to dictate However, Kenney said that she felt 

Kotchian started her talk by dis- the way that humans treat the en- the talk was helpful. Todd Cham- 
cussing her career history, and vironment. Kotchian feels that pagne’98,whoisalsoanESmajor, 
stressing the importance of a liber- large multinational corporations said, “I learned the importance of 
al arts education. “It doesn’t matter are especially dangerous to the en- international perspective. She out- 
what you do as long 'as you are vironment because they are “be- lined a bottom-up change from the 
learning from it,” she told the holden to no one.” grassroots up to corporations.” 

group. To combat dangers to the envi- However, Champagne added that 

After graduating she worked as ronment, Kotchian argued that “it was ironic that the power usual- 
an English teacher, before deciding small, community-based action ly goes in the other direction.” 
to continue her education at Har- groups could put aside their differ- While Kotchian discussed the 
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to New Mexico where she worked She cited the Rio Grande/Rio of hope that everywhere you go 
for Planned Parenthood. Bravo Coalition, as an example of there are good people working on 

In 1982 she started working at this type of group. Kotchian is a local issues.” 


Is it Halloween already? 


Name 

The Homecoming weekend saw an individual place a pumpkin on 
top of a lightpost near McCullough. 


chance to per 


[Camfield] views the 
demand of playing the 
carillon on a regular 
basis not as a chore, but 
as an opportunity to 
perform a nightly 
concert for the school. 


group of students, made up most- who also played the cello in the or- Middlebury’s 

ly of Environmental Studies ma- chestra, joined as well. carillonneurs re- 

jors and students who are interest- These four, with the exception cently returned 

ed in related fields. Kotchian said of Varholy, who is abroad at Ox- from a concert at 
that while a science background is ford this semester, are the main University of 
* ^ • ft C Norwich that 

ns provide mindless run “J w £ d ,his 

adding a glib richness to the film and all those other think-hard Camfield has 
Rung fii viewing is not solely movies! Relax your brain and pick played the caril- 
confined to wacthing in the dorm up a low-budget kung fu movie. Ion at the University of Michigan, what New England autumns ar< 
room however — all Chinese stu- where her reputation had preced- — brilliantly-colored foliage 

dents at Middlebury are required Guide to Rating Kung Fu ed her as a result of her association marble buildings covered in ivy 

to watch “Red Dragon Inn,” one of * Great plot, English-speaking with George Matthews. She has and the gentle chiming of the car 

the most infl uential films of the characters, very little kicking. even fielded occasional requests to illon. 

g enre . ** Solid plot, accurate voice play at weddings. And as we look out across th< 

Perhaps these movies aren’t so dubbing, some kicking. The carillonneurs constantly fields and into the mountains eacl 

min dless after all! With flawlessly *** Limited plot, moderate work on new music, however, evening at sunset, hopefully w< 
choreographed scenes and tri- amount of kicking. there are several older composi- will be aware of the carillonneur! 

umphant conclusions, kung fu **** Directionless plot, poor tions that they play often for Mid- above us in the Mead Chape 
movies are always sure-fire feel- dubbing, lots of kicking. dlebury college. Among these old steeple, bringing man-mad< 

good viewing. ***** No plot, terrible dubbing, standards are the Alma Mater, splendor into communion wit! 

So forget about Citizen Kane all kicking. A must-see! church hymns, and Handel’s the natural beauty of Middle 


(continued from page 11) 
must be absolutely wrong. Any 
movement of a character’s hands 
must result in a crisp snapping 
sound, with an angry enemy 
yelling, accompanying the sym¬ 
phony of kicking and chopping. 

Dialogue can also make or 
break, as Unde Yoo of “The Eigh¬ 
teen Weapons of Kung Fu” illus¬ 
trates with his stirring one-liner, 
“His magic is good, you must are 
in training!” 

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Turban puzzles officials, causes MiddCard confusion at Security 

(continued from page 12) piflata at a birthday party — they No, but I have always felt fairly cently. 

hood memory about your turban, proceeded to whack the hell outa comfortable with my turban. Basi- 
How did it impact or shape those me. When they realized there were cally, I’ve worn it since I was five, so you can 
early formative years? no treats to be found in my turban, I’m completely used to it. Oh! L— — 

Sandeep: One time my class- they gave up. I haven’t been able to That’s jogs my memory of another ploiryou 
mates mistook my turban for a go to a birthday party since. incident that happened more re 


(pointing to his head) was not a 
me: Go on! You know, Sandeep, hat, she told me it was school poli- 
be completely confident cy that no hats were allowed. She 
that in no way am I choosing to ex- did not ask if this one was different 
i or your turban. Speak to than your regular run-of-the-mill 
me, oh turbaned one! baseball hat. She explained that 

Sandeep: Well — one time a without a new photo I would be 
professor at this very college asked unable to obtain a MiddCard. I told 
me to remove my “hat.” I won’t her I would leave and say good-bye 
mention any names — Mr. Dry to my new Midd-Card dreams be- 
(Sandeep coughs the name)— he’s cause I couldn’t take off my turban, 
away, right? I told him I couldn’t, he Magically, or so it seemed, some- 

persisted in front of the entire class one else intervened and it was dis- 
that I remove my “hat.” Then he covered that in my old picture, 1 
scareu ... "n fact it was reminis- was able to keep my turban on. The 
cent of the piftata incident, except first woman told me that I could 
he used a ruler — Just kidding, in keep on my turban only because I 
no way did he physically harm me. was wearing it in the first photo. So 
Yet I was definately shocked by the original woman relented, but 
the incident in that it seemed al- not happily, 
most surreal that it would happen me: Thanks for sharing these re- 
at a place like Middlebury. When I marks with me. Is there anything 
proceeded to produce my drop else you would like to add? 
card in his office the following day, Sandeep: I just want to say — it’s 

he apologized for the misunder- not a hat, nor is it a piflata. 
standing. I did remain in his class 

for the duration of the semester. As this interview was conducted, 

me: Well my friend, that’s awful. I realized that although Sandeep 
Have there been any other inci- and I joked about him and his tur- 
dents you want to tell me about (I ban, there was also an underlying 
wink at him)? tone of disappointment 

Sandeep: Well, speaking of the Middlebury College focuses on 
newMiddCards... I am utterly im- acceptance and diversity, yet in 
pressed with my digital-x-rated-su- hearing of such episodes I was 
personic-computer-chipped piece bothered by the displays of igno- 
of plastic. However, getting it was ranee on the part of Middlebury 
another story. Like every other re- faculty and staff, 
sponsible student, The experiences explained 

I proceeded to security to get above denote a misunderstanding 
my new computerized picture that need to be resolved in order for 
when home-girl behind the progress to be made in the general 
counter told me to take off my acceptence of all peoples. However, 
“hat.” I replied “I can’t do that.” She it must be noted that neither 
continued to press me to take it off, Sandeep or I feel these incidents 
and then when I again told her this signify actual racial tensions. 


The Washington Post Magazine Puzzle 

Funny Papers 


41 Bit of Moort 

42 Battle line 

43 Ciyofa 
Baltimore piper 
subscriber? 

46 It’s aglow 

47 Rodin product 
49 Thought up 
51 "Dead Man 

Walking' 1 director 
53 Vowelless 
reproach 
55 Hadthe 
gumption 
57 Fiber sources 

59 Hollywood’s 
Carl and Rob 

60 National Guard 
hangout 

63 Belonging to thee 

64 Made available 
temporarily 

67 New York 
restaurateur 

68 With 85 Across. 
Beatles "White 
Ahum" song 

69 Cut short 

71 Like some castles 
75 Elliptical 

77 "...toSt 
Ives. — 

78 Plyinouth’sjohn 
80 Beaver state 

82 Expert 
84 Well-tempered 

86 Cresting 

87 Lorry driver's 
need 

88 Cat type 

89 Tookashotat 
91 Afghani neighbor 

94 Charles and 
Maty 

95 Sounds off 
98 Colorado 

governor Roy 

101 Froien dessert 

102 Salacious looks 

103 ‘Or—r 
105 Low-fat 

108 Blood factors 
111 Consumed 

113 Alter seta 

114 Actor Holbrook 

115 "Give —restr 

116 Book after Lev. 

117 Chinese 
chicken general 


1 They’re hailed 
5 Luge type 
11 Painter Johns 

17 Seaweed 

18 South follower 

20 Market squares 

21 Articles in a 
Milwaukee paper? 

23 Tough nuts 
to crack 

24 Declare 

25 Title ebud 

26 Health center 

28 Hmrald i capital 

29 Vend trade-ins 
31 — State (Idaho) 

33 Pop's Easton 

36 To—With Love" 

37 Former reporter 
at a Washington 
paper? 

40 Ruby ridge 
42 "Star Trek" 
weapon 

44 Scussballetqoe 

45 Scary stuff 

47 Haggard heroine 

48 Needle case 

50 Re intown party 
material 

51 Hang around 

52 Heart queen's 
baked goods 

54 Puts two and 
two together 
56 However, briefly 
58 Secessionist 
state of 1967 

61 Brews 

62 Teacher's org. 

63 Increased 
threefold 

65 Not ne’er 

66 Close-hauled 
course 

67 Office at a 
Kansas City 
paper? 

69 Up 

70 One in Oaxaca 

71 Trainee's aim 

72 ATM access 

73 Vinous opening 

74 Region of south 
west England 

76 Ben A Jerry rival 

77 Fails to be 


13 Not great 

14 Meeting at 

a Grand Rapids 
paper? 

15 Previously 

16 Arranges anew 

17 Almost shut 

18 CCCII/1I 

19 Liability offset 
22 Raring to go 
27 Golfer Calvin 
30 Falls short 

32 Some shakes 

33 Ma)or Indonesian 
island 

34 Silver food 

35 Nervous 

3B Errant pupils 
39 Casting item 


100 Notuptoit 

104 Orange protector 

106 "N—?": 

Christie 

107 Bring home 

109 Coward of 
the theater 

110 Sew up 
112 Supporting 

a Los Angeles 
paper? 

118 Sharpened 

119 Legislation 

120 Buffalo wing 

121 Literary 
critic Hugh 

122 Los- 

123 Bills of 
Washington 


78 Baseball's 
Doubleday 

79 Dodged 
81 Explosive 

report 


1 Bulb part 

2 Fits of the shivers 

3 Wilkes— 
(eastern U.S. city) 

4 Lott of Miss., 
for one 

5 "...chicken 
or— r 

6 Successful 
drawers 

7 N.Y. neighbor 

8 Smirch 

9 "—Lay Dying": 
Faulkner 

10 Born in France 

11 Island empire 

12 Past 


85 See 68 Down 

86 Strasbourg’! 

region, once 
88 Be silent, 
in music 

90 Unmentionables 

92 "E.T." or "Gandhi" 

93 Roving reporter 
for ■ Boston 


By Matt Gaffney 








October 9,1996 


P»gC 15 




Arts 


Diavolo sculpts reality through dance 

_ _ . « r • ^.1_1-JJ_ 


By David Keeling 

^ StaffWriter 

The acclaimed Diavolo Dance 
Theatre performed to sold-out au¬ 
diences last Friday and Saturday in 
the Center for the Arts Dance The- 
atre.The six pieces featured ex¬ 
plored issues of community and 
human contact, using familiar 
movements and settings to sculpt a 
reality not often seen in modem 
dance. 

Jacques Heim ‘87, the troupe’s 
artistic director, was raised 
in Paris. He majored in 
theatre at Middlebury, later 
receiving a Masters of Fine 
Arts degree in choreogra- 


War I trench warfare, providing a 
profound comment on the human 
struggle against pain. 

A study of the relationship be¬ 
tween an individual and the envi¬ 
ronment was the premise behind 
“T6te k Claque,” which followed the 
harsh beauty of “Detour.” A single 
dancer moved on top of a door 
frame, exploring its structure and 
imitating it. 

The relative simplicity of“T6te k 
Claque” contrasted with the subse- 


Explosions, car chases, helicopters, 
guns,EKG machines and other happi¬ 
ly grotesque noises of contemporary 

/VI to All WIVIVW^IH- 0*0 ■ * r 

phy from the California In- society and Hollywood culture were 
stitute of the Arts. Heim thrown at the audience during 

n °EtoroloDance Theater Manmade I.This piece was funny and 

has consistently won praise horrifying all at the same time. 

from reviewers since its 


formation in 1992. The troupe re¬ 
ceived three Lester Horton Awards 
in June 1996 for its performances. 

The series of dances began with 
“Chamber.” This starkly beautiful 
work explored the human reaction 
to confinement. A frame supported 
a sheet of white spandex. Nearly the 
entire dance was performed be¬ 
neath the spandex with the dancers 
pushing up against it. The undulat¬ 
ing effect, combined with the green 
and blue lighting, created the illu¬ 
sion of water. One figure tumbled 
across the top of the spandex, over 
the rolling hands and bodies of the 
dancers underneath. In the end, 
however, she was taken back into 
confinement, drowned by the same 
waves that supported her. 

In the second piece, “Detour to 
Retum/Detour,” an imposing verti¬ 
cal wall arrayed with metal pipes 
was unveiled. In the background the 
audience heard the sounds of ex¬ 
plosions, machine guns, and other 
noises reminiscent of war. The 
dance evoked the horrors of World 


quent “Bonjour,” which examined 
an entire human relationship in the 
course of a few minutes. The two 
dancers reflected love seen in fast- 
forward. Attraction, infatuation, 
conflict, and many other emotions 
emerged from the movement of this 
amusing and playful piece. 

Explosions, car chases, heli¬ 
copters, guns, EKG machines and 
other happily grotesque noises of 
contemporary society and Holly¬ 
wood culture were thrown at the au¬ 
dience during “Manmade I.” This 
piece was both amusing and horri¬ 
fying, and it was disturbing in its 
implications about society. 

The second part of “Detour” was 
presented next. The wall was pre¬ 
sented again, but the pipes were re¬ 
placed with ropes. The dancers 
emerged in business suits, vests, and 
ties, catapulting themselves towards 
and about the wall.Images of sky¬ 
scrapers and other elements of 
modern architecture were projected 
onto the wall. The work reflected the 
fight through the societal maze and 


up the corporate ladder. 

The final piece of the evening was 
“T4te en l’Air.” The setting was an 
enormous staircase. The dancers 
emerged from behind it and 
streamed down, oblivious to the 
others. 

The piece changed as the dancers 
searched the structure, seeking con¬ 
tact with one another. The dancers 
finally doffed their business suits 
and performed in simple white at¬ 
tire, re-establishing contact with 

-- one another through 

touch. 

Diavolo Dance Theater 
expresses qualms about 
society through hyper¬ 
physical, expressive dance. 
Heim offers a plea for 
communication, for a re¬ 
establishment of commu¬ 
nity in a world often seek- 

- ing to cocoon its 

inhabitants. It is admirable that 
from the chaos and violence of 
modern American society Heim 
has created these works of remark¬ 
able clarity and beauty. 


Anne Mcuonougn 

Jacques Heim ‘87 is the artistic director of the Diavolo Dance Theatre. 


Heim discusses community of troupe 


By David Keeling 

StaffWriter 

The following is an interview 
with Jacques Heim ’87, artistic di¬ 
rector of the Diavolo Dance The¬ 
atre. 

David Keeling: How would you 
describe foe type of dance per¬ 
formed by the Diavolo Dance The¬ 
atre? 

Jacques Heim: I would say that 
it’s theater-dance, physical theater 
dance. That’s the best way I have to 
describe it. And I would add to 
that, dance using large objects, 
large structures based on the archi¬ 
tectural environment. 

Its subject matter is more or less 
the general idea of the representa¬ 
tion of everyday life, of the absur- 


New album establishes the Cardigans 


By Sam Folk-Williams 

StaffWriter 

The First Band on the Moon is 
the third full-length album by 
Swedish pop stars the Cardigans, 
and the first to be released in 
America. 


The Cardigans 
The First Band on the Moon 


The Cardigans have worked 
hard over the past several years to 
create a sound so unique that it is 
virtually impossible to describe. 

Vocalist Nina Persson has a 
voice somewhat similar to that of 
Australian band Frente’s Angie 
Hart, although most people seem 
to agree that Persson’s is less an¬ 
noying. Lyricist and guitarist Peter 
Svensson uses a blend of acoustic 
and electric guitars and electronic 
synthesizers to create complex har¬ 
monies and melodies. These are in 
turn backed by a jazz-influenced 
rhythm section. 

So much is going on in the 
Cardigans’ music that after you lis¬ 
ten to the disc twenty times (and 
you will), you’ll still be hearing 
stuff you didn’t hear before. 

The First Band on the Moon 


contains a harmonious blend of 
songs. The first cut on the album is 
an upbeat love song, “Your New 
Cuckoo.” The next track, “Heart- 
breaker,” slows down a bit and the 
listener can enjoy Persson’s truly 
beautiful voice. 

Throughout the album, you’ll 
discover wild techniques that 
you’ve probably never heard before 
combined with catchy melodies 
which pull you, make you want to 
dance, sing along, jump around 
and be happy. The Cardigans’ 
sound incorporates elements of 
rock and roll, retro (although I hes¬ 
itate to use the word “disco”), 
dance, British pop and God-knows 
-what else. Additionally, there are 
various nods to Blondie, Blur, Pulp, 
Frente, No Doubt and many others. 

Whatever it is they’re doing has 
gained the Cardigans top-10 status 
in most of Europe and Japan. The 
single from their last album, Life, 
hit number one on Euro MTV last 
summer. 

The first single off The First 
Band on the Moon is “Lovefool,” a 
pop song with a disco (that word 
again!) beat, old-time rock’n’roll 
guitar and chorus arrangements, 
and some cool synth noises round¬ 
ing it out 


If you haven’t heard the Cardi¬ 
gans yet, be on the lookout. Now 
that the band has signed with Mer¬ 
cury, a major American label, most 
people in the industry seem to 
think that the Cardigans are going 
to be one of the “next big things” on 
the alternative scene. 

i-lnt Damn! 


dity of everyday life. Sometimes we 
use a piece that is more abstract, 
but that deals more with what 
everyday life is, you know, going 
from Point A to Point B, and Point 
B to Point C, and that’s what “De¬ 
tour” is about. 

__ DK: Is there a particular rela¬ 
tionship between the structures 
used in several of the pieces and the 
dancers themselves? 

JH: When we start a piece, the 
movement doesn’t come first. The 
structure comes first. 

Let’s use the example of the Wall 
from “Detour.” The wall came first, 
and then after the dancers were in 
the studio we’d say, “Okay, how can 
we move on itL^Vhat kind of move¬ 
ment will come out of that?” For 
two or three weeks we improvise, 
and then dancers start to find dif¬ 
ferent ways to move their bodies, 
and somehow a new kind of move¬ 
ment comes out of it. Surely then 
there is a relationship with the 
structure, because it's not that the 
dancer started with the movement, 
but they were actually fed by the 
structures. 

The men [in the company] are 


actors and the women are trained 
dancers, so you could see in the re¬ 
hearsal process that the dancers use 
the body a little more than the ac¬ 
tors at first. The men would use, at 
first, mostly muscle, but shortly 
after in the process we had to find 
a way not just to use muscle be¬ 
cause that would not get the idea of 
the dance. 

DK: How does the mix of 
dancers and actors affect the com¬ 
pany? 

JH: Well they actually feed each 
other in a way. I mean sometimes 
we learn a piece where we realize 
we need a little technique there, to 
make that movement a little better, 
so the dancers come in and say, 
“Well if you use your back a little 
more, and your head, then maybe it 
would be better.” And the actors 
might come in and say, “If you use 
your facial expression or if you 
think about a motivation, doing a 
movement, you won’t be so con¬ 
centrated on what you have to do 
physically, but more mentally and 
emotionally.” 

DK: What do you feel are under- 
(see Diavolo, page 17) 


Damn! returned to the spotlight with a spectacular performance of funk and disco hits to a packed house in 
McCullough on Friday night. 









Page 16 


ARTS 


October 9,1996 


—V 


Changing definition of ‘popular’ skews perception of the arts 

.1 • /*___3 An€tr\aA Kir ito HAnil. 


What is the difference between 
Shakespeare and “Cats?” Between 
“11 Postino” and “D3: Mighty 
Ducks?” Between Tolstoy’s “War 
and Peace” and John Grisham’s 
“The Firm?” 

These three comparisons high¬ 
light the difference between what is 
considered “high culture” and what 
is considered “low culture” — oth¬ 
erwise known as “popular culture.” 

But did you know that Shake¬ 
speare was once considered to be 
popular culture? According to a 
book by Lawrence W. Levine, 
“Highbrow Lowbrow,” many of the 
bard’s most famous plays — 
among them “Romeo and Juliet,” 
“Hamlet,” and “Macbeth” — were 
performed in revues across Amer¬ 
ica during the mid-nineteenth cen¬ 
tury. 

Doses of “To be or not to be” or 
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art 
thou Romeo” were interspersed 
with bawdy minstrel shows, freak 
shows, acrobats, singers and 
dancers who performed between 
acts. Such productions were staged 
in every kind of theater imagin¬ 
able, from fancy big-city venues to 
makeshift stages in frontier vil¬ 
lages. 

Often the plays were performed 
in dialect or in modern costumes 


or settings to appeal to particular 
regional tastes. 

Most importantly, audiences for 
these productions spanned all 
class divides, from the very 
wealthy to the very poor. These au¬ 
diences were microcosms of 
American society as a 
whole. 

Heresy? Blasphemy? Sac¬ 
rilege? 

The Victorians thought 
so. It was they who began 
the process of transforming 
Shakespeare from enter¬ 
tainment that appealed to 
the masses into a form of highbrow 
culture, reserved for the elite class¬ 
es. Suddenly, Shakespeare was not 
meant to be “popular,” according to 
the conventional definition of that 
term. 

Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate 
Dictionary defines “popular” as: 
“Of or relating to the general pub¬ 
lic; suitable to the majority; fre¬ 
quently encountered or widely ac¬ 
cepted; commonly liked or 
approved.” Clearly, the early pro¬ 
ductions of Shakespeare’s plays fit 
this definition of popular. 

Yet beginning in the late nine¬ 
teenth century and continuing well 
into the twentieth, the word “pop¬ 
ular” has taken on a more pejora¬ 


tive sense. 

The realm of popular culture 
today is considered to include 
works that are more base, of lower 
quality, that are vulgar or tasteless 
or that otherwise do not display 
so-called “good values.” 

Another Word 
for Art 

By Lela Moore 


Why this shift in terminology? 
Popularity no longer defines the 
audience of a particular art form 
so much as the art form itself. 
Today we regard Shakespeare on a 
higher plane than, say, Andrew 
Lloyd Webber because we have 
been schooled to regard Shake¬ 
speare’s works as sacred. We con¬ 
sider the quality of the work to be 
higher as well. 

Because so much of what we 
consider American popular cul¬ 
ture today is mass-produced, it 
tends to be of lower quality. The 
average blockbuster movie or best¬ 
selling book is probably not the re¬ 
sult of some individual’s life-long 
labor; more likely, it was put to¬ 


gether in a matter of months and 
mass-marketed with the intent of 
making lots of money. Americans 
want ready access to their culture 
and are increasingly willing to ac¬ 
cept reduced quality for more con¬ 
venience. 

A uniquely American 
culture began developing 
during the mid-nineteenth 
century. Many writers, 
artists and musicians at the 
time advocated the forma¬ 
tion of indigenous culture 
as a way of proving the rela¬ 
tively young nation’s ability 
to survive and prosper on its own. 
America was regarded as the land 
of the common man, a place where 
anyone could prosper if he was 
willing to work. Common men 
were urged to reject anything that 
reeked of Old World tradition and 
to support the burgeoning indige¬ 
nous culture instead. 

A stigma developed around the 
study of works considered “high 
culture” that has continued into 
our time. 

Even today, opera, classical 
music, traditional theater and 
“good” literature are considered 
“foreign” and thus out of reach of 
the average American. 

Modern American society is, for 


the most part, defined by its popu¬ 
lar culture. Ask anybody from out¬ 
side the United States to name 
something that defines America to 
them, and they will more than like¬ 
ly state somethingfilike Disney 
World or McDonald’s. 

Americans are far more likely to 
head to the mall to see a film than 
to the independently-owned the¬ 
ater showing artsy foreign films. 
We’re more likely to walk into a 
Waldenbooks or a Barnes & Noble 
for the latest Grisham or King or 
Grafton than to read a “classic” if 
it’s not for school. This isn’t neces¬ 
sarily bad. It doesn’t mean that 
America is going to hell in a hand- 
basket. It’s just the way things are. 

Popular culture is popular (in 
the true sense of the word) for a 
reason — there’s a lot of it, it’s eas¬ 
ily accessible to many people, and 
it’s marketed as entertainment and 
not as “character development.” 
America seems to be shifting into 
a neo-Victorian era of rejecting the 
“popular” as “base.” Art today is re¬ 
garded as more important if no 
one knows about it. 

But American culture from the 
beginning was intended to be in¬ 
clusive. Art should be accessible. 
That is the true meaning of popu¬ 
lar. 






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rapidly-diminishing interest. Due to 
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Each young musician did credit 
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lone’s skillful bass was a constant 
and welcome presence, showing his 
mastery of the instrument. Ennis’ 
solos intruded ever so slightly upon 
the listener’s ears, capable of saying 
everything and nothing in only a 
few short bars. 

Johnson’s dusky vocals effortless¬ 
ly drew the audience into a smoky 
world of heartfelt blues and raw 
emotion; she has a captivating voice 
and does credit to Forman’s instruc¬ 
tion. 

Guptill, while having a much 
more refined vibrato than Johnson, 
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ruffle them. 

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other trivial realms, cracking bad 
jokes and delivering biographies of 
the composers to the audience. But 
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October 9,1996 


Page 17 


ARTS 


Diavolo dancers create community 


(continued from page 15) 

lying themes and concerns of your 

work? 

JH: Well, while modern society 
grows dense with new technolo¬ 
gies, everyday survival seems in¬ 
creasingly fraught with danger and 
anxiety. 

So our company investigates the 
latent absurdities of contemporary 
human life and recontextualizes 
them through the body, exploring 
the influences of environment, 
possessions, and relationships. 

DK: Has your experience living 
in Los Angeles had an effect upon 
your work? * 

JH: Actually very much so. I’m 
from Paris, France. Even if you 
don’t know everyone in the street 
[in Paris], just by watching people 
you can identify with them and in¬ 
teract in little ways. Living in Los 
Angeles, suddenly the sense of 
community and communication 
and eye-contact with people was 
gone, just because of the way the 
city is built. 

The only time I actually felt 
good about Los Angeles was when 
the last earthquake hit a couple 
years ago. Because suddenly all my 
neighbors were out in the street, 
and we start to share things and 
bring water — suddenly the sense 
of community started to happen. 

Now I’m praying for an earth¬ 
quake, please. Some fires, riots, let’s 
go crazy. Just because it’d bring 
people out. 

I wanted to have community 
and communication among the 
group, learning to respect the 
group and to deal with bringing in 1 
large structures and architectural 


environments that would be the 
main focus of our pieces. The 
group would have to deal with each 
other on the structure, whether it’s 
a staircase, tunnel, or wall, and to 
communicate in a way so we don’t 
kill each other. 

It’s survival through the piece. 

We all have different val¬ 
ues, backgrounds, politi¬ 
cal ideas, but the point is 
that we respect each 
other. _ 

but also a thematic survival. 

DK: I noticed that in many of 
your performances the dancers 
have an almost desperate quality in 
the need to maintain contact with 
one another. Is that something that 
you consciously work in, or does 
that come out of the piece and the 
dancers naturally? 

JH: My background is in contact 
improvisation, so when we have a 
structure— let’s use the wall 
again— we first improvise individ¬ 
ually, but then I might say, ‘How 
can you support one another? How 
can you help that person going 
down or going up?’ So, yes, it’s very 
much a conscious part of it, and is 
also affected by what I said before, 
about the lack of community. 

DK: Is the troupe itself a kind of 
family? 

JH: The main part of having the 
group is not automatically that you 
love everybody — that doesn’t 
happen, not even in your own fam¬ 
ily sometimes, or your best friends. 
' But the one .thing I want the group 
to have is respect for one another. 


We all have different values, back¬ 
grounds, political ideas, but the 
point is that we respect each other. 
So yes, when we do that and un¬ 
derstand each other, it does be¬ 
come a kind of second family that 
we have. 

DK: You mentioned in your lec¬ 
ture on Thursday that you loved to 
use props. Is there any particular 
reason? 

JH: Look around you; we’re sur¬ 
rounded by props. You’d be very 
much out of it [without props], you 
wouldn’t know where you were. 

DK: Many people maintain that 
modern dance is inaccessible or 
confusing. How do you react to 
that perception? 

JH: It is true. I feel that modem 
dance scares people. It can be very 
scary, because a lot of modern 
dance is very self-indulgent work. 
It’s: ‘Me, me, me, at the center, I 
want to do my artwork.’ 

[After seeing abstract modem 
dance], I say,‘I can make the same 
piece, and instead of using weird, 
abstract motions, I can go back to 
pedestrian movements that people 
will identify with.’ Walking, jump¬ 
ing, running— that kind of move¬ 
ment. 

They might not understand 
what the piece as a whole means, 
but at least they can see that move¬ 
ment and identify with it. 

DK: What’s next for Diavolo? 

JH: Right after this we go back to 
Los Angeles. After that it will be 
Christmastime and we’ll take a 
week or two off, and then we’ll pre¬ 
pare a concert for the UCLA Cen¬ 
ter for the Arts . After that we have 
one-day performances. 



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Thursday, October 10 

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Drinking 
at Middlebury 


Alternatives to alcohol 
abound at Middlebury 


By Lenna Cumberbatch apart from the studious few, the 

Staff Writer Voter Netscape addicts and those 

Every Friday night Middlebury who religiously watch the “X-Files” 
comes alive with the hustle and in the hopes of proving a govern- 
busde of another weekend. What’s ment conspiracy, there are those 
everybody doing? Where’s every- students who take advantage of 
body going? Sometimes it seems events sponsored by individual 
like the only thing going on is groups and organizationf that take 
drinking in Battell or partying at on the task of providing alcohol- 
the social houses. free events. 

A great number of people fre- The Center for the Arts plays 
quent the social houses every week- host to performances from the the- 
end and many of them do it for the ater department by individual di¬ 
sole purpose of consuming alcohol. rectors and faculty. Concerts by 
Some of this drinking takes place in Middlebury’s orchestra always fill 

the dorms —and not just Battell as the house, and visiting choral 
some first-years are led to believe groups complement the already 
— and on die way to other parties, wide range of vocal music offered 
The weekend can look bleak for on campus, 
non-drinkers, especially for first- If an evening of music doesn’t 
year or transfer students who are appeal, a cheap movie is always 
new to the Middlebury scene. The available in Dana Auditorium or in 
number of drinkers on campus TVilight. Movies are often aired 


Nicola Smith 


only seems to grow as the first few twice each night giving everyone College-sponsored events, such as this dance in McCullough, provide students with alcohol-free social options. 

weeks of school pass by. Many stu- the chance to see Tom Cruise in -—- ~ ~ " ~ ~ 

dents find themselves frantically “Top Gun” before going to a col- Dean Wickland the “Bingo Guru,” people even take it upon themselves dlebury doesnt exacdy have die 

searching for alternatives to drink- lege-sponsored event in McCul- and Cook Commons’ discussion to organize alcohol-free parties of same meaning as it would in a city 

ing. Some are non-drinkers, some lough. Parties at McCullough fea- with Paul Kennedy. their own. With help from the Fun like New York, Boston, or D.C., but 

are just searching for other options. turing“Damn,” “DJRoo” the Video There is also the Fun Club, a new Club, fifth floor Coffrin center, one it is still possible to have an enjoy- 
Fortunately, it’s not a hopeless DJ or even our own Dean Long- organization providing substance- of the substance-free halls on cam- able evening right here. Dinner at 
search, man, are also frequentiy alcohol- free events on campus that not only pus, threw a party for the hall. Res- Mister Ups or pizza from Lee 

As a non-drinker and non- free events for students. fill a need, but are also fun. The Fun idents of the hall bought food, Zachary’s Pizza House is not a bad 

party-goer myself, I can attest to the The Commons system is anoth- Club has already sponsored Friday played guitars and drums, and alternative to Proctor dining. This 

fact that there’s more to Middle- er organization that offers alcohol- night events such as Poker Night opened their doors to people from can easily be followed by a movie at 

bury weekends than meets the eye. free activities which usually take and plans to present “The Rocky across campus who, like them, the Marquis Theater or even a com- 

Getting ahead with homework as- place during the week. Past events Horror Picture Show.” enjoy substance-free living. petitive game of bowling at the 

signments is always a good idea,but include Wonnacott’s Bingo with Some particularly motivated First-years are exposed to a lanes on Route 7. Still other stu- 

number of activities during orien- dents find solace in an early night, 
tation that are all alcohol-free. The or if they can, head out of town. 
Mountain Club goes on various ex- As the number of people re- 


Proctor offers twist on social houses 


By Hannah Bottomy to introduce herself to the person 

Staff Writer next to you. 

Walking into the DKE party Once inside Proctor, it’s a mob 
Saturday night, I realized that scene. Crowds of people are 

drinking at social houses gives us crushed against the hot line, wav- 

an entirely different view of the ing their trays over their heads, 
student body here at Middlebury hoping to attract a server’s atten- 
College. In this situation, actions tion. 

that normally would not be soci- You take a deep breath and 

etally sanctioned are considered elbow your way in, only to find 

completely normal. that there are no more trays. Your 

Imagine, for example, a differ- options are to try to find a friend 

ent twist on the entire so- --- - - 

cial house experience: [At social houses] actions that i 
you’re walking to Proctor ma || y wou | d not be SOCietally S 
for lunch and on your way . . . . . , . 

in you see five or six male tioned are considered complet 

students simultaneously normal, 
urinating off the terrace 

and shouting greetings to their and use her tray or pick up a dis- 


[At social houses] actions that nor¬ 
mally would not be societally sanc¬ 
tioned are considered completely 
normal. 


see each other in Proctor on a 
weekend you can hug and chat and 
maybe even kiss each other. 

In the dining area, people are 
throwing ping-pong balls into 
each others’ meads. Marsha intro¬ 
duces herself again and asks for a 
cigarette. You find you can’t re¬ 
member where your friends said 
they would sit, or even if they ar¬ 
rived with you. 

You’re kind of full, because 

- you’ve already eaten any- 

>r- way, and the student 
puking into a fork bin re¬ 
minds you that overeat- 
y ing isn’t all that fun. You 

decide to call it a night. 

- On the way home you 

hug some people you know, and 


friends. 

Some of their friends are wav- 


carded tray from the floor and some people you don’t. 

rinse it off. Someone asks you for a ciga- 


ing back, others are falling down, 
and still others are pausing at the 
curb or by a tree to sit and vomit 
for a while. 

Nobody seems to find any of 
this out of the ordinary, as a seem¬ 
ingly endless stream of students 
totters in and out of the building. 
You get in line to enter, and a girl 
you’ve never spoken to approach¬ 
es. 

She introduces herself as Mar¬ 
sha, and asks you for a cigarette. 
You apologize and tell her you’ve 
run out. 

She hugs you, tells you you’re 
her best friend anyway, and begins 


As luck would have it, you end 
up pressed against Frank. Frank is 
a complete stranger who has two 
trays. You introduce yourself. He 
puts his arm around you. For 20 
minutes you stand in a half-em¬ 
brace until your new friend gets 
you some food. 

You exchange hugs while you 
acknowledge to yourself that when 
you see Frank on the way to class 
next week you will pretend you’ve 
never seen him before, much less 
talked to him. 

It’s rather sad not to be able to 
talk to each other during the week, 
but you know that next time you 


rette and you think fondly of Mar¬ 
sha. You decide the evening wasn’t 
a total waste. 

If you see Frank at Proctor 
enough, you might even, become 
friends. You now know Marsha’s 
name. Affection from random 
strangers is always a plus, and best 
of all, you were able to eat all 
day—for free! 

As you stumble upstairs and fall 
into bed, you think that the dining 
hall is kind of a strange place. You 
and your friends might not want 
to go there all the time, but you’re 
glad it exists—just in case you feel 
like eating. 


cursions during the year that are 
not alcohol-related and the Volun¬ 
teer Services Organization works 
on projects almost every weekend 
that don’t involve alcohol. All of 
these are opportunities to get in¬ 
volved in Middlebury’s social life 
without drinking. 

A night out on the town in Mid- 


questing substance-free alterna¬ 
tives increases, the college attempts 
to meet the need. Yonna McShane, 
Director of Health Education, re¬ 
leased a study last year which 
showed a large proportion of 
drinkers on campus who didn’t 
necessarily want to drink every 
weekend. 



Survey Results 


marowtn 


fined as having consumed five or more drinks in a row on at least three 


Male Middlebury Students 


8.3% Non-Drinkers 
26% Non-Excessive Drinkers 


Female Middlebury Students 


7.1% Non-Drinkers 












October 9,1996 


IN DEPTH 


Page 19 


Middlebury bars provide 
good beer and good fun 


By David Jankowsky 

StaffWriter 

Underage drinkers at Middle¬ 
bury have few social options, save 
the dorm parties and the over¬ 
crowded social houses. Coming of 
age at Middlebury opens up a 
whole new world of opportunities 
for students who enjoy drinking. 

Although Middlebury doesn’t 
offer street after street of bars cater¬ 
ing to the college crowd, it does 
have a few places to ...... . 

get a good drink. Mlddlebl 

Woody’s Restau- n't offer : 
rant provides great ctreet of 

relief from the crazi- . 

ness of the social 
house scene. With a CfOWd, [t 

quiet atmosphere, l- t 

Woody’s is the per¬ 
fect place for stu- tO get 3 < 
dents to simply have drink, 
a beer with friends. - 

As Angel Han ’96 says,“It’s much 
more of a personal scene [than the 
social houses].” A trip to Woody’s 
isn’t complete without trying one of 
their famous $5.00 Long Island ice 
teas. When you go, be sure to ask for 
Walter who’s always ready with a 


pleasant smile and, if you’re lucky, a 
drink on the house. 

Jeigermeister flows like water at 
Woody’s, so be sure to come pre¬ 
pared to be carried home. With a 
relaxing atmosphere and plenty of 
good beer, Woody’s is definitely the 
place to be. 

If you manage to stumble out of 
Woody’s still reasonably sober, Mis¬ 
ter Ups is next in the line of places 
to hit, although the truly hard-core 
, - j can stop by Ami- 

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n't Offer Street after pitcher of Bud and 

street of bars cater- free Sicken wings. 

. ... As you enter 

mg to the college Mister Ups>be p re . 

crowd, [but] it does pared for a little 

have a few places l ultu , re sh ° ck ’ as f 

r the atmosphere of 

tO get a good Ups is worlds away 

drink. from that of 

- Woody’s. 

As one senior put it, “Mister Ups 
is just another senior social house.” 
The beer of choice at Mister Ups is 
Otter Creek Copper Ale, which is 
brewed right here in the town of 
Middlebury. 

Many students complain 



A group of Middlebury students, who are over twenty-one, enjoy the weekend bar scene at places like Angela’s. 


though, that the hard drinks are 
watered down, so it might be better 
to save your money and stick with 
the beer. 

Greg De Saint Aignan ’96 says, 
“Mister Ups is nothing more than a 
meat-market with absolutely horri¬ 
ble decor.” For all the complaints 
about Mister Ups though, you have 
to give them credit for packing stu¬ 
dents in every Friday and Saturday 


night. 

Following the natural order of 
progression, your next stop should 
be Angela’s. By now most people 
have probably fallen by the wayside; 
only the hard-core drinkers venture 
on. 

Angela’s is another of the town’s 
hotspots and offers an atmosphere 
similar to Woody’s. It’s renowned 
for its whiskey and wine; by the 


time you get there, that will proba¬ 
bly be about all you can handle. 

Angela’s is a prime place for 
hanging out late at night, but don’t 
expect any Jeigermeister shots, for 
they run out quickly. Angela’s is a 
great place to relax and wind down 
the evening and, if you have made 
it that far, congratulations are defi¬ 
nitely in order, for few survive the 
journey. 


Problem drinking plagues college campuses across the nation 


By Sherry Schwarz 

In-Depth Editor 

Every year, thousands of Ameri¬ 
cans die from alcohol overdoses 
and an additional 25,000 people die 
in alcohol-related car crashes in the 
United States. This equals 400 
deaths per week, the equivalent 
number of fatalities that would re¬ 
sult if a 747 airplane crashed every 
single week. 

These statistics merely serve to 
put alcohol-related problems into 
perspective. They are certainly star¬ 
tling, but they have not substantial¬ 
ly curbed drinking; many students 
are aware of the deadly effects of ir¬ 
responsible alcohol consumption, 
yet they continue to abuse it. 

Alcohol has become an increas¬ 
ing problem on college campuses in 
recent years. According to a study 
published by the Carnegie Founda¬ 
tion, college presidents nationwide 
view excessive alcohol use as their 
number one concern about campus 
life. It is estimated that 50 percent of 
all of the students who are abusive 
drinkers in college will still be 
drinking abusively at the age of 30, 
and that 60 percent of all college 
women who are diagnosed with a 
sexually transmitted disease were 
drunk at the time of the infection. 

“There is an extraordinary link 
between alcohol and many of the 
social problems we see on college 
campuses, including this campus,” 
said Director of Health Education 
Yonna McShane. “One of those is¬ 
sues is date rape. I’ve worked for 18 
years in college settings. In all the 
cases I have dealt with concerning 
date rape, only four were not alco¬ 
hol-related.” 

Studies on alcohol consumption 
in various regions in the United 
States have indicated that the 
Northeast has one of the highest al¬ 
cohol consumption rates of any re¬ 
gion, with Vermont ranking fifth in 
consumption per capita. These 
findings, in addition to the Nation¬ 
al CORE Study on college student 
drinking, which indicated that 


smaller colleges tended to have 
higher alcohol consumption rates, 
mean that schools like Middlebury 
are highly susceptible to problems 
that result from excessive drinking. 

At Middlebury, problems result¬ 
ing from the use of alcohol range 
from* vandalism to sexual assault 
and physical injury. Kathleen 
Ready, the Administrative Director 
of the health center says, “We see 
the immediate effects of excessive 
drinking: intoxicated students and 
students who have injuries related 
to alcohol.” 

In McShane’s 1995 Middlebury 
College alcohol study, which had a 
95 percent return rate, students 
were asked various questions about 
the experiences they had had as a 
consequence of their drinking. In 
the survey, 15.6 percent of the stu¬ 
dents responded that they had en¬ 
gaged in unplanned sexual inter¬ 
course as a result of their drinking, 
1.6 percent said they required med¬ 
ical treatment for over-consump¬ 


tion of alcohol or alcohol overdos¬ 
es and 24.5 percent of students said 
they had missed a class due to 
drinking. 

Alcohol consumption does not 
only effect the drinking student, but 
other students as well. According to 
Dr. Richard V. Phillipson of the Na¬ 
tional Institute on Drug Abuse, 
“...alcohol related accidents account 
for more than 10,000 deaths each 
year in the age group 15 to 24 years 
and are the leading cause of death 
for this age bracket in the United 
States.” He goes on to say, “in addi¬ 
tion, more than 40,000 young peo¬ 
ple are injured every year in drink¬ 
ing and driving accidents ...many 
of them crippled, paralyzed, or oth¬ 
erwise disabled for life.” 

Closer to home, Middlebury has 
its own problems with alcohol and 
the effects of intoxication. In the 
1995 survey previously mentioned, 
McShane asked students about the 
experiences they had been subject¬ 
ed to as a result of other students’ 


drinking. Some of the problems 
students encountered were: 30.4 
percent of students had their stud¬ 
ies interrupted, 57.8 percent of stu¬ 
dents had their sleep interrupted, 
72.2 percent had seen their hall 
“trashed” or seen property damage, 
19.6 percent had a serious argu¬ 
ment or quarrel and 1.6 percent of 
students had been sexually assault¬ 
ed or date raped. 

The highest incidents of these 
and other alcohol-related problems 
were found to occur among fre¬ 
quent, excessive drinkers, however, 
non-excessive drinkers were also 
culpable for engaging in irresponsi¬ 
ble and destructive behavior to¬ 
ward themselves and other stu¬ 
dents. 

Clearly, Middlebury’s statistics 
on drinking are alarming; they 
should definitely make students 
think more carefully about how 
much and how often they drink. 
“People can use alcohol responsibly 
in ways that do increase one’s en- 



Shauna Hill 


In a mock scenario, Officer Randy Bevins issues Kris Doucette '99 a citation for posession of alcohol as a minor. 


joyment in life,"said McShane.“The 
problem is that at least one in 10 
people who drink will become al¬ 
coholic.” 

Alcoholism may begin with tak¬ 
ing a few extra drinks to relieve 
stress, unwind, or forget problems, 
but eventually a person’s attempts 
to reduce or stop drinking may fail 
because of withdrawal symptoms 
which require more alcohol for re¬ 
lief. 

In The Alcoholism Problems, au¬ 
thor Sidney Cohen says, “the plea¬ 
sures of drinking can have an en¬ 
trapping quality... and the memory 
of the immediate pleasures is of 
greater importance than the mem¬ 
ory of distant bad effects.” The pos¬ 
itive reasons to use alcohol may at 
first seem to justify drinking, but 
sometimes what begins as a result 
of social drinking with friends be¬ 
comes a build-up of tolerance over 
time. 

This can ultimately lead to a 
physical addiction in which 
drinkers experience withdrawal 
symptoms varying from shakiness 
to hallucinations and insomnia. 

It is important to realize that 
some people are at greater risk of 
becoming alcoholics than other 
people. Two factors that make you 
more susceptible to alcoholism are 
a history of alcoholism in your fam¬ 
ily, and the age at which you begin 
drinking. 

Helping yourself or other stu¬ 
dents to overcome drinking prob¬ 
lems first means recognizing them. 
If someone needs increasing 
amounts of alcohol to become in¬ 
toxicated, goes through withdrawal 
symptoms, sustains physical dam¬ 
age to tissues or organs, has black¬ 
outs in which he or she cannot re¬ 
member what happened during a 
drinking episode, cannot abstain 
from drinking, has no control over 
how much he or she drinks, has fi¬ 
nancial, legal, academic or discipli¬ 
nary problems as a result of alcohol, 
then that person should seek help 
before it’s too late. 











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Women’s Ultimate Frisbee ranks as number one college team 


By Nina Gawne 

Staff Writer 

The Middlebury Ultimate 
Pranksters traveled down to the 
University of Massachusetts at 
Amherst this weekend for their an¬ 
nual sectional tournament. Their 
section, the Western Northeast, in¬ 
cludes Williams, Amherst, and 
Dartmouth, among other college 
and club teams. 

The outcome of this tournament 
determines the best teams in the 
section and which teams will repre¬ 
sent the section in the upcoming re¬ 
gional tournament, which can ulti¬ 
mately lead to a trip to nationals. 

Sunday was a perfect day for 
playing ultimate frisbee. It started 
off as a cool day with mist collecting 


low on the fields. The mist glided off 
with the coming of the sun, and all 
of the teams enjoyed the ideal 
weather to play ultimate until the . 
setting of the sun. 

Both Prankster teams played 
well, but the men’s team was disap¬ 
pointed with its outcome. They did 
not make a bid to regionals. 

“We were expecting to play bet¬ 
ter. Some players played great, such 
as Justin Hajek ’97.5 who had some 
amazing plays. We were able to see 
what we need to work on, and we 
have some time before our next 
tournament. We’d like to see every¬ 
one play up to their potential,” said 
co-captain Ben Livermore ’97.5. 

The men played the previous 
weekend at a scrimmage with Har¬ 


vard. They only played one game 
that lasted hours but were able to 
pull together a win. 

“We played well at Harvard and 
had fun. We’d like to recapture that 
at our upcoming tournaments and 
just go from there. I know that we 
can play better and win to all of the 
teams that we played Sunday. We 
can play at a higher level. We just 
have to go out there and want it,” 
said co-captain Dylan Boyd ’97. 

The women Pranksters were 
more successful in their bid to re¬ 
gionals. 

Co-captain Sangwha Hong ’97 
said,“ It was exciting to see the team 
come together, play hard and have 
fun. We didn’t have any expectations 
going into regionals as many of us 


Panther field hockey storms the region 


By Elizabeth D'Agostino 

Staff Writer 

The Middlebury women’s field 
hockey team has secured its spot as 
the second-ranked team in New 
England. Coached by Missy Foote 
and assistants Sarah Martin and 
Amy Atwood (who also teaches 
kindergarten at Mary Hogan 
School), the young and aspiring 
team remains undefeated. 

Following a 4-1 victory over 
Union in which sophomore Heidi 
Howard led with two goals, the 
Panthers faced undefeated opposi¬ 
tion. On Saturday of Homecoming 
weekend Middlebury faced off 
against Amherst. Before the game, 
Amherst was ranked third, right 
behind Middlebury, so this game 
proved to be an important chance 
for Middlebury to stay ahead. 

With aggressive playing and in¬ 
tense determination, the women 
fought to keep their position, and 
they did so with what looked like 
ease. 

Right from the start of the game 
the Panthers were on fire, scoring 
all three of their goals in the first 
half. Within the first five minutes, 
Howard assisted first-year Becky 
Drake in the game-opening goal. 
Another first-year, Jessa Martin, 
followed suit by scoring the second 
goal for Middlebury. To conclude 
the first half, sophomore Kully 
Hagerman scored off of a corner. 

“I think the key to winning that 
game,” said Hagerman, “is that we 
came out strong from the begin¬ 
ning. We never gave Amherst a 


chance at breaking us down.” 

With a current record of 8-0, the 
field hockey team is definitely 
doing something right. Sophomore 
Heidi Dripps commented, “One 
thing that I notice in every game is 
that we are always in better shape 
than our opposition, so when it 
comes down to the last important 
minutes of a close game, we can fin¬ 
ish strongly.” 

Although the team is young, 
they work together like a machine. 
As Howard says, “I think that part 
of the reason that we are doing so 

Intramural Soccer 


well is that there is not a single star 
on the team. Every single player on 
our team has a role just as impor¬ 
tant as the rest so we all get along 
and work really well together.” 

The Panthers have two of their 
most important games in the next 
few weeks. 

On Wednesday they are sched¬ 
uled to travel to Williams, who has 
only lost to Trinity. And towards 
the end of October, the Panthers 
are up against Trinity. Both will be 
opportunities for the Panthers to 
prove their strength. 


are new.... But we came out the top 
college team of our section.” 

The women won to Dartmouth 
and Amherst. Both were tough 
games, but the women Pranksters 
were able to pull together and take 
control of the game. 

Every one of the Prankster 
women played extremely well. 
Annie Holzman ’99 had an incredi¬ 
ble play for the winning point. She 
just barely out ran her defender to 
snag the disc.The women played 
two games against the club teams in 
the region, Ultimate Harmony and 
the Valley Girls. Despite losing to 
these teams, the Middlebury 
women were happy with the level of 
play.“These are tough teams. They 
have been playing together for years 
[but] they’re fun to play against be¬ 
cause they have such great spirit We 
always learn a lot. These women 


have the skills that we hope to at¬ 
tain,” said Mak Keltner ’97. 

“Next week we have Chowderfest 
which we hope will be a fun tourna¬ 
ment. As the defending champs, we 
have high expectations. And after 
this weekend, we are looking for¬ 
ward to some tough competition as 
we have proved to ourselves that we 
have the potential to play as well as 
any of the college teams in the area. 
Chowderfest will give us a chance to 
play and have a good time,” said 
Jenna Mason-Plunkett ’97. 

Both the men’s and women’s 
teams will travel to Williams in a few 
weeks. The weekend of October 
break, the women will head to re¬ 
gionals. They are one of only three 
college teams in the region to make 
it to sectionals. There they will face 
Cornell, Yale and the best club teams 
of the region. 


Volleyball fights ’til end 


(continued from page 24) 

Again, Middlebury fell behind early, 
losing the first and second game 10- 
15 and 13-15 respectively. 

The team refused to lose three 
straight games. Middlebury picked 
up defense and started hustling for 
each ball. The game was filled with 
long rallies and seemingly impossi¬ 
ble scrambles for stray balls. 

Stewart led the team with 13 digs, 
with Veach close behind totaling 12. 


Amanda Shoemaker 

David Touloumtzis '99 of team “Shwa"fakes right and then looks to get the ball passed to Geoffery “Pip” 
Pippenger '97 in an intramural game. 


McManus gave her hitters the sets 
they wanted, finishing the match 
with 38 assists. Knox hit hard, 
looking to drive the ball through 
the block and ended the match 
with 19 kills. We won the third 
game 15-12. 

Middlebury got an early lead 
and appeared to have the game 
wrapped up when the score 
reached 14-8 in our favor. But the 
lead fell apart when Middlebury 
could not close out the game, 
needing only one more point. Saint 
Anselm’s fought hard, winning the 
final, arduous game 15-17. 

Disappointed and fatigued, 
Midd entered the final match 
against Connecticut College need¬ 
ing a victory to avoid ending the 
weekend win-less. In the first 
game, Middlebury could not focus 
on the new match. Their start was 
sluggish; however, they beat Con¬ 
necticut College 15-11. Once the 
team regained their concentration, 
Middlebury won rather comfort¬ 
ably, 15-6 and 15-3. Highlights of 
the game were Stewart’s 9 kills and 
9 digs. Knox ended the game with 
9 kills as well. Overall, the weekend 
was a bit disappointing but Mid¬ 
dlebury acknowledges that they 
lost to two tough teams. The team 
is pleased to have finished Saturday 
with a win and is looking forward 
to their upcoming matches, in¬ 
cluding a home match Thursday 
night against Plymouth State. 


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October 9,1996 


Golf suffers from loss of suspended players for initation prank 




By Anne McDonough 

StaffWrlter 

After placing third at the Goss 
Invitational, the Panther golf team 
finished seventh place at the New 
England Small College Athletic 
Conference Championships. 

This respectable seventh place 
was led by Emil Jattne ’98. His two- 
day total of 167 was followed by 
Thun Thamrong-Nawasawat ’98 
with a 171. Dan Ackerman ’98 
came up with a 173 to finish third 
for the Panthers. The champi¬ 
onship was hosted by Middlebury 
at the Ralph Myhre Gold Course. 

After the championships the 
team looked forward to the Octo¬ 
ber 3 East Coast Athletic Confer¬ 
ence (ECAC) Championships, 
Northern New England Qualifier, 
hosted by the White Mountain 
Country Club in Ashland, New 
Hampshire. The team looked 
strong going into competition but 
suffered an unfortunate setback 


when several members were in¬ 
volved in a hazing-like incident. 

“It was a silly thing to do,” said 
Ackerman, “even though almost 
every team has something like it.” 
He hastened to add that he did not 
think that team members thought 
of the incident as an initiation, but 
rather just a few people who got a 
bit out of hand. “They’re a good 
bunch of guys.” 

The result of the incident was a 
short-term suspension of several 
members of the team. “We ran into 
a disciplinary problem, and it was 
dealt with at the level of a 
coach/player relationship,” said 
Panther golf coach Bill Beaney. 
Rather than involving the adminis¬ 
tration, Beaney and the team as a 
whole discussed the problem and 
decided that suspension was an ap¬ 
propriate punishment. 

After the players involved fulfill 
their suspension, everyone is ex¬ 
pected to return to the team, which 


has generally been very supportive. 
Both the players and coach seem 
eager to forget the incident and 
move on with the season, albeit 
without the regular line-up. “Good 
people used bad judgment,” said 
Beaney. “It was dealt with on an in- 
house basis. That’s all that it in¬ 
volved.” 

Middlebury was therefore miss¬ 
ing several key players at the ECAC 
Championships but still finished an 
impressive 12 th. Thamrong-Nawa¬ 
sawat led the team with a score of 
83 while George Spencer ’00 and 
Ackerman shot 85 and 86 respec¬ 
tively. “We fared pretty well at the 
championships,” said Ackerman, 
“but it was tough losing those guys 
— they’re some of the best.” 

The team success is expected to 
continue improving once the team 
returns to its full roster. “With 
Northeastern Champs coming up, 
we definitely want to win some¬ 
thing,” said Ackerman. 


Cross country makes a clean sweep 


(continued from page 24) 
Homecoming weekend. 

Native Vermont women seemed 
to thrive in their home state. Molly 
Enman ’97 ran to an overall second- 
place finish for the second year in a 
row at the Vermont meet. Megan 
Leopold ’99, who ran with Molly in 
high school, maintained strong Ver¬ 
mont tradition as she cruised 
through the course with six other 
Panther runners, who all finished 
between 22:06 and 22:44. 

The women Panthers allowed 
only one other school’s runner to 
sneak into their pack. “This is fun,” 
exclaimed Taylor who, as a natural 
leader, enabled the group of seven to 
maintain contact. 

Brendan O’Donohue ’99 met the 
women on the course as he was 
warming up for his race. “Amazing,” 
O’Donohue shook his head.“Simply 
amazing. I turned the corner and 
there was this pack of Middlebury 
women all in black tights, pink 
shorts, with no team in sight!” 

Although captain Sarah Rebick 
’97 was “a little disappointed” that 
the team did not run as dose group 


as they often strive to do in the state 
meet, she could not help but still be 
proud of the team, who crossed 
eight runners over the line with only 
one other runner, Amy Schroyer of 
Johnson, sneaking in amongst them 
for a fifth place finish. 

Katy Masselam ’98 described the 
race as “nearly a clean sweep”: her 
team finished with 16 points, just 
one off the lowest possible score of 
15. The second place team, St. 
Michael’s, cranked in 62 points, leav¬ 
ing the Middlebury women Ver¬ 
mont State Champions. 

The women walked away not 
only with a plaque but also with sev¬ 
eral individual medals. Eight of a 
possible 14 women, Masselam, 
Enman, Anastasio, Linsey Blake ’99, 
Andrea Busby ’99, Rebick, Anngenie 
McCleary ’99, Marne Gunderson 
’99, and Carly Vynne ’97, were 
named to the two all-state teams. 

Only three complaints surfaced 
from the day of the Vermont meet, 
one being “hatred for the cold 
weather” from sun-bum Massachu¬ 
setts native Blake. The second con¬ 
cern was Masselam’s problem as she 


encountered the “180 degree turr 
we had to make in to the finish,”« 
tough angle to make at her higl 
speeds. Rebick, a self-proclaimec 
lover of her home state of New Jer 
sey, could find no complaints abou 
the course. These concerns will al 
be eliminated as the Panthers tab 
on their next challenge at the Divi 
sion I New Englands Race in Boston 
on October 18. 




Dan Ackerman ’98 prepares to sink a dose put at NESCAC tournament. 


Soccer makes a stir in New England 


(continued from page 24) 
picking off a threatening cross to 
total 10 saves on the day. 

Because Amherst often involves 
its fullbacks, Middlebury’s for¬ 
wards, sophomores Chrissy Peter¬ 
son and Amity Wall, were forced to 
play more defense than usual. 
They both contained the Amherst 
threats out of the Amherst back- 
field. 

Middlebury held on for the re¬ 
maining minutes, and as the final 
seconds ticked off the clock, the 
team rushed the field. “Things are 
going to be changing in NESCAC 
[New England Small College Ath¬ 
letic Conference] now,” comment¬ 
ed sweeper Chickering. 

Earlier in the week, Middlebury 


hosted Saint Michael’s. The Pan¬ 
thers dominated the game so com¬ 
pletely that keepers Crosa, and 
later Johannah Nikula ’99, did not 
have to make a save all day. Mid¬ 
dlebury out-shot Saint Mike’s 46- 
1. In fact, Middlebury went on a 
shooting frenzy in the opening 
minutes of the game, but was un¬ 
able to convert until DiAdamo 
headed a Heftier pass into the back 
of the net. Middlebury would 
score twice more before half-time. 
First, Wall would strike an unas¬ 
sisted goal at 31:26. Six minutes 
later, first-year Heather Crofts 
scored her fourth goal of the sea¬ 
son, scoring on a DiAdamo assist 
Setting precedent for the 
Amherst match, Middlebury 


played well in the opening of the 
second half. With six minutes off 
the clock, Wall scored for her sec¬ 
ond time. She converted a beauti¬ 
fully-placed pass off the foot of 
Peterson. Peterson would follow 
with a goal of her own, on an as¬ 
sist by Crofts. Three minutes later, 
Crofts assisted sophomore half¬ 
back Kristine Kraushaar for the 
final score of the day. 

The Panthers have a 10-day 
lapse between games and will not 
compete in a game until Tbesday 
October 15, when they will host 
Norwich University. Meanwhile, 
the women continue to train, with 
an eye on the stir they have most 
recently caused throughout New 
England. 


It'* time. 

I'm hungry. 

I know n place... 


\ fJttf 

mg Up 


THESTORmAFE 


THESrONEmUBUILOtN(>FEO<»HOUOU 










Heather B-Thompson 

Middlebury’s Amy DiAdamo ’97, number 43, and Amity Wall ’ 99,number 2, steal the ball away from Amherst. 












Equestrian team jumps first hurdles 


By Bill Noto 

The Middlebury campus is a dynamic place, constantly changing 
and developing. Yet still, many things are like they were when my class¬ 
mates and I arrived here four years ago. The lack of any path from Voter 
to Mc-Lala is still a problem (don’t forget your goulashes, oh, first-year 
reader), the pasta is still mushy (not to mention the unceasing inte¬ 
gration of spaghetti and fusilli issue), and the parking tickets still cost 
ten bucks. 

Lets discuss some of the changes we’ve noticed around here. Rumor 
has it that Dave the security guard is sunning himself in the Bahamas 
with the phone mail lady, the people will think what D’Ags tells them 
to think, (after all... it would be fun for him to run a newspaper), Mi¬ 
crosoft is talking to your Ever-Devoted College President about where 
they can find a new contractor; and let’s not forget to mention what¬ 
ever it is that went on in Proctor this past Summer. 

Nevertheless, (“nev- , 


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ertheless” — no less), 
one constructive new el¬ 
ement on the Middle¬ 
bury College campus 
that deserves particular 
attention is the advent of 
a Sailing Club. 

“Sailing at Middle¬ 
bury?” you scoff. 

“Where do you prac¬ 
tice - behind the Arts 
Center?” you jeer. 

“With what boats do 
you practice on?” you 
jest. 

Now just a minute._ 

“No boats?” you ask? Bill Noto '97 

“No problem,” I. say... 

Lemme break it down for you. 

All intercollegiate racing in the United States involves every visiting 
college sailing on the hosting institution’s boats. Unlike crew, no colle¬ 
giate sailing clubs ever trailer boats with them for racing. So, while we 
can not host regattas just yet, (wait a few years — plans are already 
being drawn for the Noto Memorial Boathouse, [its where everybody 
knows your name]), we can still manage to race on a semi-regular 
basis. 

If you are interested in sailing, but do not really want to race, or even 
if you have never sailed before but would like to learn how, then the 
Sailing Club has something for even you. You see, the Middlebury Col¬ 
lege Sailing Club is a comprehensive package — we have something for 
everyone. 

Every Thursday for the past two weeks Middlebury sailing has dri¬ 
ven down to Lake George, where we have been having fun on 35-foot 
daysailors. You’re welcome to come, just leave me phonemail saying 
your interested and I’ll put your number on the phonemail list. (Mine’s 
in the handbook - its under Sailing Club, Commodore {p. 11, right col¬ 
umn]) 

As for racing, we have already sailed at Bowdoin and Dartmouth. To 
be fair, we are really still in phase one, otherwise known as the, “We’re 
just happy to be here...” phase. No boats, (while not a problem...real¬ 
ly...I mean it) does mean no practice, and no practice, generally does 
not mean bullets. BUT, (and that’s a caps-lock,“but” — [not to be mis¬ 
taken for a “big butt”]) we are currently attempting to enter phase two, 
in which we would be affiliated with a local yacht club, and practice on 
their boats. 

In closing, I’d just like to drop a last little pearl of wisdom to any of 
my beloved fantastic first-year fans. While spending the next four years 
here, you may occasionally hear someone complaining that,“There just 
isn’t anything to do here at Middlebury College.” If that is ever the case, 
I suggest you get real red in the face and tell that sucker that he is a 
land-lubbin’ lollygagger. You can do anything here, given a little bit of 
time, a little bit of luck, and a lot of hair. Aaarrrr, these pictures will 
serve me well on those lonely nights at sea... 


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Panther Football Statistics (three game totals) 








TEAM STATISTICS 

MC 

OPP 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS 







FIRST DOWNS 

47 

42 

RUSHING 

An 

Gain 

Loss 

UfL 

Avo IQ. 

Long 



Rushing 

22 

21 

Brad Gottfred 

55 

242 

9 

233 

4.2 0 

25 



Passing 

22 

19 

Shawn Tierney 

39 

121 

0 

121 

3.1 2 

9 



Penalty 

3 

2 










RUSHING YARDAGE 

375 

367 

RECEIVING 

tk 

Ids. 

Aya 

IQ. 

Long 




Yards gained rushing 

482 

425 

Tadhg Campbell 

7 

188 

26.9 

2 

85 




Yards lost rushing 

107 

58 

Adam Pascal 

7 

62 

8.9 

1 

16 




Rushing Attempts 

142 

112 

Kevan Comstock 

6 

73 

12.2 

0 

18 




Average Pet Rush 

2.6 

3.3 










Average Per Game 

125 

122 

PASSING 

EffisL 

Att-CirnHni EH. Ads. 

IQ. 

In; 

Sack 

TDs Rushing 

4 

1 

Brian Coates 

120.81 

67-35-4 

52.2 485 

4 

85 

8 

PASSING YARDAGE 

510 

467 

Dave Frye 

310.00 

-1-0 

100.0 25 

- 

25 

0 

Att-Comp-Int 

68-36-4 

78-37-4 










Average Per Pass 

7.5 

6.0 

KICK RETURNS 

Ik 

Adi 

Avo 

IQ. 

Lono 




Average Per Catch 

14.2 

12.6 

JeffSengle 

6 

127 

21.2 

0 

28 




Average Per Game 

170 

156 

Tab Howard 

3 

34 

11.3 

0 

15 




TDs Passing 

4 

4 










TOTAL OFFENSE 

885 

834 

PUNTING 

tk 

Adi 

Avg 

Long Blkd 




Total Plays 

210 

190 

Jeff Russell 

17 

506 

29.8 

48 

0 




Average Per Play 

4.2 

4.4 










Average Per Game 

295.0 

278.0 

FIELD GOALS 

AIL 

Good Lono 

w 





PENALTIES-YARDS 

20-132 

17-152 

Scott Dudley 

2 

2 

30 

0 





Average Per Game 

44 

51 










TIME OF POSS/GAME 32:13 

27:46 

PUNT RETURNS 

Ik 

Ads 

Avg 

IQ. 

Lono 




3RD-DOWN CONV. 

16/46 

10/40 

Bob Rice 

4 

33 

8.3 

0 

17 




3id-Down Pet 

35% 

25% 










SACKS BY-YARDS 

10-48 

8-40 










TDsSCORED 

8 

7 

DEFENSIVE LEADERS 












UL 

ffl 

Total 






BY QUARTER jfl 

2nd id 

fill M 

Josh Hannon 

13 

18 

31 






Middlebury 14 

17 14 

16 61 

Josh Bonifas 

20 

11 

31 






Opponents 7 

10 28 

7 52 

Mike Roche 

12 

15 

27 







By Tetyana Bisyk 

Staff Writer 

Equestrian. Phonetically: eek- 
westreeuhn. For those of you who 
are not familiar with this term, it is 
the art of riding on horseback. 

Imagine sitting on a hard bench 
and tensing your leg muscles for 
about an hour. Okay, it’s not the 
most pleasant feeling. The way the 
equestrian team look s is a whole 
different story. If you happen to 
catch a glimpse of the team they 
might look like a demented ver¬ 
sion of “Charlie’s Angels:” high 
leather boots, skin-tight pants, 
gloves, and crops. 

When they compete in “show 
clothes,” the team looks like a 
bunch of caterers on horseback. If 
you ask them why they do this, 
they will have the same answers: 


riding, horses, and road trips. 

This past Saturday, in fact, was 
the very first one of the season, be¬ 
ginning at the cruel hour of 5:45 in 
the morning. 

The Middlebury equestrian 
team’s excitement to compete that 
day, along with about ten cups of 
coffee were what kept them warm 
as they drove to Colby-Sawyer 
College. 

Arriving two hours later, the 
arena slowly filled with riders 
from various schools like Har¬ 
vard, Bates, Dartmouth, UVM, 
and Tufts. 

In a “show” there are different 
classes and different levels in each 
class. There is jumping, in which 
the horses jump over a series of 
fences in different patterns, and a 
flat class, in which the horses com- 


Courtesy Photo 

Sitting horseback, Tetyana Bisyk '98 waits for her class at a recent show. 


plete a series of exercises initiated 
by the rider. All events are judged 
on the rider’s ability to keep con¬ 
trol of the horse while sitting qui¬ 
etly in the saddle, using subtle 
movements in the hands and legs. 

The perfect fall weather set a 
pretty stage as Abby Smith ’00 
competed in the first of the levels, 
winning second place and setting 
a positive tone for the afternoon. 

Among the rest of the team that 
competed — Meg Allen ’98, Molly 
Magill ’99, Monica Dean ’99, Eliz¬ 
abeth Moore ’97, Vanessa 
Bergmann ’98, Sarah Cooley ’00, 
and Tetyana Bisyk ’98 — everyone 
did extremely well, most earning a 
ribbon and all riding their best, 
enjoying every minute of it. 

Between cheering and taking 
sunlit catnaps in their trunk, the 
team had a great experience, as 
they seem to do at virtually every 
show. 

Liz Gray ’98, after competing in 
her level, summed up the after¬ 
noon in one sentence: “I didn’t 
even feel stressed in competing, 
because all I wanted to do was 
ride.” 

The team will spend Saturday 
at UVM, and Sunday will be the 
very first horse show hosted by 
Middlebury, at the Equestry in 
New Haven. 

If you hear incessant cheering, 
and see the blue and white jackets, 
you have probably found the 
equestrian team. Besides, it will 
definitely be better than watching 
“Charlie’s Angels.” 


Panther weakness surfaces at homecoming 


(continued from page 24) 
upset. It is here that stagnation set 
in. The teams exchanged the ball 
six times, and neither team seemed 
to be able to put together a decent 
drive. 

Time was running out on the 
Panthers, and they finally got the 
ball back one more time with only 
2:26 left in the game. Up until this 
point, Middlebury scoring had 
come on quick, effective drives. 
The first took two minutes and six 
seconds, and the second only used 
up 1:12 off the clock. At this point, 
Middlebury now had almost two 


and a half minutes, and they would 
need every second of it. 

The Amherst punt had pinned 
the Panthers deep, and 95 big yards 
of real estate separated them from 
a possible tie or win. Brian Coates 
’99, who has done a terrific job at 
the helm this year, kicked the two- 
minute offense into motion, and 
the Panthers started marching. 

Tension and excitement began 
to build as the Panthers were able 
to find the sidelines and stop the 
clock, and the drive began to gain 
momentum. Middlebury managed 
to make it all the way to the 


Amherst 29 before disaster struck. 
A pass by Coates was intercepted 
by the Jeffs, effectively killing Mid- 
dlebury’s chance at a score. 

Middlebury defense came up 
huge on the day. They spent 40 
minutes on the field and still made 
the tackles they needed and con¬ 
tained Amherst in the last quarter. 

Coach Heinecken summed the 
homecoming game up: “Our effort 
was superior, we were highly moti¬ 
vated and our character came out.” 
However, he qualified this praise 
of their performance by saying, 
“We can play better.” 
















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Campus! 


October 9,1996 


Volleyball struggles off home courts 


Middlebury Men's Soccer beats Amherst 3-1 


an uittii pojwj , j 

Outside hitter Shani Herzig ’00 By David Smith ther offense for the day. 

hit hard, totaling five kills. Co-cap- Staff Writer The aforementioned scoring 

tain Angie Goldman ’96.5 played Everyone has been harping on it drive is generally considered to 

tough offense and defense, ending all year long, but the key to Mid- have been the shining moment of 

the match with four kills and four dlebury’s football season is still the first half of Middlebury’s game, 

digs. Team members welcomed the going to be energy and emotion. Amherst owned the time of pos- 

fresh mix of starters, while fans en- This past weekend, Middlebury session and in general seemed to 

hosted the Lord Jeffs of Amherst at dominate. 
l ncc Alumni field. The overall outcome Of Middlebury’s seven posses- 

J ll u v IU'' C' _ . .. sions, they went three-and-out on 

~ Amherst came to Middlebury, they continue to believe and to -— five ofthem. However, Middlebury 

not only undefeated, but also not play hard, and if they did this they ^ ent ™ t0 the locker r °° m ° n 7 

scored upon. The teams played ^ °^e L3 Mf s.„Ud o m i- 

fairly even for the first half. Mid- thing together. 

Women's soccer In the game’s 67th minute, se- nou *ty for the Pan * e [ s ’ 

women ssocce- nior Melissa Sopher found dass . W as not positive, but the team Amherst came out after the kickoff 

Wednesday, October 2, mate Er ^ a Schubert racing down showed everyone that they ara not and marched 80 yards in 17 plays 

EEEB9HBHEI the left side of the field. Sopher to be taken too lightly. to a touchdown. With the score 

ID crossed the ball, and Schubert one Amherst is a solid football team, now 17-3, the Panthers realized 

timed the ball into the left hand and they came to Middlebury un- that they needed to step up their 

corner of the net. The shot was beaten and expecting to stay that efforts. 

■llll I III from 30 yards QUt way> which they did. Never willing to roll over and 

EuSyDDDDiBI Contributing to the win, was The strange phenomenon was die, the Panthers answered the 
dlebury came out energized for the the defense of juniors Lina Chick- that when Middlebury was under Lord Jeffs with a four play, 59 yard 
second half. Coach Jennifer ering, Melissa Barker, Karen pressure, they stepped up play and drive. 

Fulcher had told her team to, “feel Schaper and Laurie Higgenboth- put together their best drives. This drive ended in drama as 

the energy.” She demanded that am, who managed to shut down With 2:15 left in the first half, Sean Fisher 97 recovered Brad 

Amhert’s scoring threats. In the Middlebury, down 10-0, marched Gottfrieds 97 fumble m the end 
-*-7 11 tYIr%llC mid-field, seniors Jen Hefner and 53 yards in seven plays setting up a zone for a touchdown, 

ly UlUilipilD Amy DiAdamo were in control for Scott Dudley ’99 30-yard field With Middlebury only down by 

most of the game. In the net, Vir- goal. seven and over 20 minutes of game 

ginia Crosa ’97 had a great game, This quick drive and score left, hope was high for a possible 
(see Soccer, page 22) would be the hallmark of the Pan- (see Panther weakness, page 23) 


Peter Huoppi 

First-year John Giannacopoulos battles for position with an Amherst 
defender in the Saturday homecoming game. _ 


By Carly Vynne portunity to run on a true Vermont 

Staff Writer cross-country course.” A true course 

The Vermont State Champi- it was, with fields, hills, roots, turns, 
onship is for many runners the fa- ponds and more hills, one of which 
vorite meet of the season. Faced was a half-mile uphill challenge for 
with less competition, less pressure the men. 

and fewer runners, the meet be- “They look like they’re going to 
comes a team challenge for Vermont die,” Michelle Anastasio 97 corn- 
pride. After three van loads of eligi- mented as she watched the men 
ble Panther runners disembarked, crest the hill at the four mile mark- 
excitement grew as snow flurries fell er. After running to a third-place fin- 
and the snow-capped Mt. Mansfield ish in the women’s race, Anastasio 
came into view. Aahhh, fall in Ver- knew first-hand indeed how tired 


muscles, pulls and strains, the cold Tired, maybe, but determined, 
weather was instead stimulating to certainly. Nine of the Middlebury 
the Vermont natives on the team. men finished in the top half of the 
Eli Enman ’99, running just one state with Enman and first-year Josh 
hour away from his high school Fisher receiving first and second All- 
alma mater, was cheered on to a Vermont Team medals. Middlebury 
first-place finish. Feeling he had run tied state rival Norwich for a third- 
to his potential for the first time this place finish behind host Johnson 
season, Enman glowed after the State and St. Michael’s College. For 
race. When asked to what he attrib- the record, each of the three stooges 
utes his godlike time of28:08 on this finished in the top half, especially 
cold day with no runners at his side impressive considering they knew of 
to push his pace, Eli modestly the hard work that needed to be 
cmilivJ and said, “I think it was hav- done on Middlebury’s home turf on 
ing my dad here as well as the op- (see Cross country, page 22) 


Peter Huoppi 

in the Amherst defensive line to make his charge. 


Wednesday, October 2, 


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